You need a new year's resolution because you didn't execute in 2015.
Thanks for reading, enjoy the champagne tonight.
Just kidding. About the article being over, not about the first part.
If you can honestly say you executed your 2015 goals and aspirations to a T, then this article is not for you. If you set up some milestones for this past year, laid out a strategy to hit them, and you absolutely crushed it, then feel free to click on out of here. Keep up the excellence and momentum, because that is phenoenal.
If you're like me, then 2015 was an amazing year, but as you wrap up you realize that there is still much you could have done. Although this year was filled with change, accomplishment and progress, you want more.
You know you're capable of doing more, accomplishing more, and executing better.
Here we are at the dawn of 2016 and you're seeing two things flying around social media.
1. "New year new me!"
What does that mean? It's so vague, so fantastic, and so void of any actual meaning. It feels good to say, but it doesn't set you up for any type of success in the new year. It's the New Year's Eve equivalent of making a wish as you blow out your birthday candles. Since this makes up about 50% of the New Year's Eve status posts you see, I don't blame you for being hesitant to make your own resolutions.
2. "If you need to wait until January 1st to start something, you won't be successful."
Alright Donnie Downer, you may have a point there. If you feel the need to wait until the new year to set goals and make a plan, then you aren't very committed to making the necessary changes.
That is a bum-steer way of looking at New Year's Resolutions. It isn't about waiting for the perfect time to set goals, it's about taking the time to actually evaluate your life.
The average persons day is filled with a j-o-b, commuting to and from, whipping together some sustenance, and catching up on Game of Thrones so they can participate in Facebook conversations about the health of John Snow. If you're lucky you might get in some Angry Birds while sitting on the toilet.
The end of the year forces you to reflect. You can't help but look back on the year that just swooped in and out in what seems like the blink of an eye without taking inventory of what you accomplished, and what still needs to be checked off your list.
To the question, "Should you set New Year's Resolutions?" I say, how can you not?
I like to think that if you read my blog then you're also a driven individual. I know a few things about your type, and one of those things is that you can't help but set the bar higher and higher. Regardless of how far you've come (please take time to appreciate that), you keep setting your sights on the next target. This is what makes you who you are. The fact that you're even here means you're resourceful and that is why you set and crush your goals.
This is YOUR time.
Don't let the notion that new year's resolutions are only reserved for the 'New Year, New me, No Action' crowd. This is the time for focused individuals to take honest inventory of their last trip around the sun and figure out exactly what it is they want to accomplish in the next 365 days.
Even the most driven and motivated people waver, so I know your 2015, as great as it was, left you with unfinished business.
Here is a small, but huge tidbit for you to chew on before you celebrate tonight.
When You Set Your Goals for 2016, Make Them COLOSSAL.
Make them realistic, some say.
Your chances of hitting HUGE goals are better than hitting some flaccid and "more realistic" goals. Here's why.
The most common reason why people either give up or diminish in their effort towards their goals is a lack of motivation. If your goal doesn't inspire you, eventually you will stop caring about it.
I've said it many times, motivation is fleeting and dedication is what you need. Motivation can come and go depending on the time of day. Dedication will cause you to do something over and over again until it becomes a habit. Once it's a habit, it is basically locked in.
The problem is, if your goals don't fire you up, then dedication doesn't matter. You will not dedicate yourself to something that doesn't get you out of bed in the morning, and put a spring in your step.
If your goals get you excited, good. If they inspire you, great. If they scare you, even better.
Once you figure out what greatness you would like to accomplish this year, then lay out the steps to get there by reverse engineering that goal.
The goal is the outcome you want to achieve,. To get there, figure out exactly what steps need to be taken on a daily basis. What do you need to do, what do you need to learn, how do you navigate around obstacles, and who do you need to become in order to accomplish this goal?
That last one is very important.
As we wrap up 2015, you are primed for massive action and accomplishment. Set goals, make them big, and get excited. It's OK to set New Year's resolutions. In fact, I say you must. Most important, execute your strategy daily.
This marks the end of my spiel. I will leave you with my own personal New Year's Resolutions relating to business/ career. Partly as an example, and partly as a form of accountability.
Mitch's 2016 Resolutions
Improve my Coaching Ability: This year I will drastically improve my coaching abilities to that of a top tier coach. Much of my life has been dedicated to the mechanical aspects of fitness. Things like the art of workout design, exercise science, and effective nutrition strategies. All of this doesn't mean much if it isn't conveyed to my clients as effectively and timely as possible.
I fell into coaching, not because of my love and belief in fitness, but because I have a knack for it. I have a lot of work to do though, so this one takes the cake for 2016.
I'm hungry for knowledge, and eager to provide a continuously higher quality of service.
Develop one of the More Impressive Physiques in the Fitness Industry: This one is pretty awkward to admit. It sounds terribly shallow and doesn't seem to offer much to the world.
The reason I have this resolution is because I firmly believe a fitness coach's physique is a vital piece of their resume. Not the entire resume, but an important chunk. I feel I have a lot to offer, but if my own physique isn't a physical manifestation of my workout and nutrition knowledge, then why would anyone believe me? I wouldn't expect them to.
This goal is hard to measure, and it is certainly a daunting one (have you seen some of the physiques out there? Hey Instagram), but in my opinion it was one worth while. This not only ads credibility and validates a lot of what I suggest to clients, but it is also a nice personal goal that I can hang my hat on looking back.
What are your goals for 2016, and why? Let's hold each other accountable and settle for no less than greatness.
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