Can You Make a Change in 2013?
I talked about going to the gym for 5 years before I eventually got there. Every year I made my resolution that this year was the BIG ONE – I was going to get fit. But somehow I never had the time, energy or the right shoes. Instead, I had lots of excuses. Sound familiar?
It may not be going to the gym that you want to achieve in 2013, but something else. As a coach, I work with people to help them understand what they really want; to test what is realistic enough to achieve and then create the confidence, time, and support to get started and keep going. Here are my top 5 suggestions for making your 2013 resolutions come true.
- Write down what you want – make it a positive statement. Generally, people are more motivated by what they want, rather than what they don’t want. For example: I want to exercise regularly in 2013 so that I am healthier and have more energy. Once you have written your goal down, put it where you can see it often.
- Make your goal realistic. For example: What do I mean by “regular” exercise? How much time/money can I afford to spend on my goal? When, specifically, will I work on it, and when do I think I will achieve it by?
- Break your goal down into achievable chunks. Big goals can seem overwhelming and this makes them difficult to start.
- Think about how you will know that you are making progress towards your goal, i.e. the “evidence”, and make it as measurable as possible. For example: I will be going to the gym twice a week. I will be able to walk up the stairs in my house without running out of breath. I will start to feel more comfortable in my clothes.
- Reward yourself. With the example of exercise, this can be something as simple as giving yourself a little pat on the back every time you step into the gym, or treating yourself to a nice meal when you achieve a significant goal.
And a final note on my gym experience. Once I started going on a regular basis, it became easier, and it became a habit. I feel better for it and see it as a real investment in a healthier future.
Don’t take years to get started on what you want. As they say, life really is too short. You can get going NOW.
Happy New Year from Linda Hayman