New Year’s resolutions—we either love them or hate them. They can make you feel hopeful about the coming year and what you can do to improve yourself. Or, they can make you dwell on what’s wrong with you and how you failed to accomplish your goals last year. The key to successful New Year’s resolutions is your perspective.
If you have the right mindset, then your New Year’s goals will be more attainable. This can work for any of your New Year’s resolution ideas. Since many of our goals this time of year tend to focus on diet and exercise, let’s focus on setting fitness goals.
The way you approach your New Year’s resolution ideas is critical. Many of us fall into the trap of setting our fitness goals with a punitive mindset, but shame just doesn’t work. Positive thinking is a much more powerful and successful motivator. Instead of thinking about what you want to change about yourself, think about what you want to achieve or how you want to live. After all, you are trying to become the best version of yourself.
On top of having a positive attitude, it helps to focus on the journey your goals will take you on instead of the destination. We tend to think of our fitness goals as the end result, like “lose weight” or “drop 20 pounds.” Being specific with our goals can help, but focusing on how you are going to get there is more manageable.
Setting a goal like going to boxing class three times each week is both specific and about the process. When you focus on the process, you get to partially achieve your goal every single time you do something associated with your goal. Plus, as you do it, the results you ultimately want will come.
It can be really challenging working on a big goal to improve yourself. To make your fitness goals more achievable, go easy on yourself. That’s not to say you should set unambitious goals. Just don’t get so ambitious that you set yourself up for failure. Also, make your first steps relatively easy so you can feel encouraged in the early stages.
You can also make working toward your goals fun. When it comes to working out, having an enjoyable, social activity can really help. Boxing at Legends Boxing, for example, is a great exercise that will really work you and a lot of fun too. You get to work out with a group of friends who are in the same boat. You get some positive accountability coaches in your instructors, and you have a set schedule of classes to give your workouts an easy-to-follow structure.
Having a positive attitude is great when setting your fitness goals. It is also important when tracking your goals. To keep advancing in the direction you want to go, you should check in with yourself regularly to monitor progress. Instead of getting down when you have a bad week or month, just recalibrate and move forward. The point is not to do exactly what you said you would do on January 1st. It’s to keep improving yourself and becoming the best version of you.
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