As 2017 comes to a close, we are already looking towards 2018 and to make our next New Year’s resolution. Whether your 2017 resolution was successful or not, we must not look back. We must only look ahead.
January is considered a month of renewal and rejuvenation. Oh, and resolutions too. We know that’s a bunch of pressure. We get it. But instead of making daunting, unrealistic or too-easily-broken resolutions, set realistic and attainable goals. Take action to achieving those objectives and set yourself up for success and make this an epic year.
So here are three things to help you stick with next year’s resolution.
Make sure you set a long-term plan that you would like to accomplish at some point during the year. Whether that means getting fit for a half-marathon, running your fastest marathon, planning a vacation around a destination race or tackling your first 50-mile ultra— you must set out smart steps it will take to get you there. Maybe your goal is to get fit, lose 10 pounds and get stoked about how you look and feel every day. That’s great too, but it’s not going to happen on its own. You need to make a plan and get after it!
Don’t wait until the second week of January to start your plan. Sign up for the Personal Training Service, or drop in to the Gee-Gees group fitness classes. Buy new running shoes, set yourself some daily challenges (so many pushups or crunches per day), do something that will bring you closer to your ultimate goal. The bottom line is that there is no magic formula. No fancy new workout. And certainly no next-generation digital app that will accomplish your goals for you. The only path is through hard work, relentless dedication and living a healthy, balanced life. Only you can control your destiny, so get after it!
Work, school, family and daily tasks can get in the way, but only if you allow it. Plan your week around specific daily workout times and make it happen. Aside from long weekend runs and races, it only takes an hour a day (or sometimes even less) to put you on the path to achieving your goals. It will not happen unless you make it happen on a regular basis.
So make 2018 your year. You can do it. Work hard, keep that head held up high, and do your best. Never give up and always remember the importance of investing in you!