For those of you that don't know, a "New Year's Resolutioner" (shown on the right) is someone that decides that their New Year's resolution is to "lose weight" or "work out more" or "be healthier" or anything else vague like that. Bear in mind that I am 100% FOR doing any of those things, HOWEVER (and I have totally done this myself more than once.... a lot more than once...), people make these big, lofty goals and then quit after a week or so because they're too hard to reach or they "don't have time."
OF COURSE they're too hard to reach; they're vague and HUGE goals. If you want to reach ANY goal, any goal at all, you have to make smaller goals leading up to that big goal. That is how you make a huge goal achievable.
If something is important enough to you, you will MAKE time for it. Getting healthier was important to me, so I started using my lunch hour to go to the gym. I do Monthly Challenges to try to work on specific areas of my body each month (I've even broken up the workouts so that I could do them in the bathroom whenever I needed to go). There is time in there somewhere to do whatever it is that you want, be it writing a book, working out, reading more, or whatever. You just have to determine what it is that you need to sacrifice. That's right, reaching goals take SACRIFICE, which is something that I've noticed very few people want to do. I've always been about sacrifice (that sounds weird, just roll with it), so when I tied making sacrifices to sacrificing time to be active, it made sense and now I'm addicted.
For examples about small goals, take a look at my Progress Page (what it sounds like) and my Areas of Improvement page (where I write about the changes I've made/am making). Not to be a total ass and be like, "look at how great I am!" (because I'm not and I screwed up a LOT this past year), but as you can see, this is the first year where I actually wrote down my mini goals and tracked them and it's the first year EVER where I have stuck to ANYTHING. I never stick to things I set out to do (like this) and it's insane to me that I did it. Part of it is the tracking and part of it was that I made myself accountable to you, the reader. You may not care if I do well at whatever, but it doesn't mean that I want to tell you I failed. "Hello there Internet Stranger! I AM A FAILURE." Those two pages are living documents and I change them as I change, all in the pursuit of my overall lofty goals.
Basically, what I am trying to say can be summed up like this:
- Make small goals to reach your big ones.
- Sacrifice in order to make time.
- Do not quit immediately.
- Do not beat yourself if you stumble or quit for awhile; you don't have to wait until the New Year to make a change.
- Do not expect change to happen overnight.
In the fitness/meal prep community, there is a saying that I, and many others, follow that expresses my main point perfectly:
“Fail to plan, plan to fail!”
According to my friend Google, the original quote ("If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!") was from Benjamin Franklin. If you do not make a plan to reach your goals (pre-making food, a workout plan, a balanced monthly budget, a basic plot for your book, etc), you will fail.
Now get out there AND PLAN SOME CHANGES! :D
Happy Almost New Year,
<3 - CFC