It’s that time of the year again! NEW YEARS! Which means a lot of people are setting their New Years Resolution. This is a busy time for people who work in my industry, too, simply because the most common resolution is to lose weight or another health related goal.

But what if I told you that you might want to think twice about setting a New Years Resolution?

Before the confusion sets in, read below to learn why you might want to try setting a smaller goal instead of a big huge New Years Resolution! 

Life Happens.

If you guys remember last year around this time, I set SO MANY goals for 2019. Some I achieved, like graduating college and increasing my blog views. Others I did NOT achieve like reading 20 books and achieving a 1RM of 300 pounds for deadlifting. 

I’m not beating myself up about it because… life happens. 

The whole reason why I did not achieve these goals is because things happened in 2019 that I didn’t know about at the time I made my New Years resolutions. 

I did NOT expect to go on my active duty orders, move across the country, or work so hard on starting my own business. 

Sometimes the universe just throws things at you. You need to reevaluate your priorities and this could mean that your smaller goals are put on the back burner. There can also be tough times when you simply survive and focus more on getting out of bed and putting one foot in front of the other. There is no shame there. 

One year is a long time.

I feel like time flies by the other I get, but the truth is that 365 days is a really long time. This kind of ties into my previous point because a lot can happen during the 365 days. It can also be tough to keep the motivation going for that long, too! 

Burnout is totally real! This is why so many people who join the gym in the new year with a goal to lose weight or change their lifestyle end up experiencing burnout and give up three months in, which brings me to my next point.

Goals with a shorter timeline are typically more realistic.

Instead of setting a HUGE goal to achieve by the end of 2020, why not set a goal to achieve by the end of January? 

By doing this, you are taking baby steps to get into the practice of creating the life you want. Set smaller goals with a bigger picture in mind. These smaller goals are typically more realistic, but you also want to make sure that they are still challenging. 

A few examples of these smaller yet still effective goals include cutting soda out of your diet, adding in one or two servings of fruits and/or vegetables daily, or going to bed an hour early. Or even starting to workout three times per week instead of zero.

But none of this means you can’t specify where you would like to be at the end of the year.

Despite all of this, you can still define where you would like to see yourself on December 31, 2020. While you are considering where you would like to be, think about the progress goals that will help you get there. The progress goals are the real meat and potatoes of getting you where you’d like to be. Focusing on those will change your life and you will see the progress you desire!

Most importantly, never underestimate the power of baby steps. Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to making lifestyle changes!

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