I absolutely love planning, brainstorming, setting goals and all that awesome nerdy stuff. So this time of the year is a blast and something I always look forward to. It’s such a great time to start off fresh, and motivated to take on the world.
Everyone is setting resolutions and fired up to accomplish them. And Instagram is doubly full of gym-selfies.
It’s a beautiful thing.
It’s just over a week into 2016, and while over 150 million Americans usually make resolutions, 25% of us have already quit.
That, is tragic.
What’s worse? Only about 8% of people actually say they accomplish their resolution according to Forbes magazine.
The majority of people are FAILING.
[if you think that’s you, don’t worry, I have a simple solution to help, below]
Not failing and trying again with a new approach, that’s called a test, and that’s okay.
But people are quitting, only a week in.
And what are they missing out on accomplishing and changing in their lives this year? What could you be missing out on?
Here are the top 5 Resolutions for 2016:
#1 Lose Weight
#2 Getting Organized
#3 Spend Less, Save More
#4 Enjoy Life to the Fullest
#5 Staying Fit and Healthy
And overall, 66% of people have a fitness related resolution. Can you see why this really matters to us? Our mission is to see you Transform, so these quitting numbers are painful, scary even. I want us all to strive together to make sure Bakersfield is different.
So what’s wrong here? What’s the difference between those 8% who succeed, and the 92% who don’t?
Can we increase our odds at success? Create real progress?
“Even if I already gave up on my resolution, or messed up?”
The answer is “YES!”
Now, this could be an entire book, or online course, just to help you succeed and make real progress [In fact, I personally go through a goal setting course online every year]….
…but I think we can distill it into a few, simple, actionable tasks and make some MASSIVE improvements in your ability to end 2016 saying “I finally did it, I accomplished real goals that matter, the ones I set for myself, and I feel incredible!”.
Accomplish those things that really matter to you, to your family, and to your health.
Wether you want to drop 20 pounds, or build 15 pounds of lean muscle, or take more vacation time; I’ve found a few things that have helped me plan and achieve more than I could have ever imaged possible a few years ago.
Thing #1: Set aside at least a few hours.
Take a weekend, an early morning or two, or skip a few of your 4 hour netflix binges, if you truly want to have an amazing 2016.
Thing #2: Ditch Resolutions. And Start making GOALS.
Resolutions are hardly more than a dream. As financial expert Dave Ramsey says, “Goals are dreams and visions with work clothes on”.
And make your goals “S.M.A.R.T.: Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant, Time-bound.
Example: I want to lose 20 pounds, by March 31st 2016.
This is a good SMART goal that you can easily work backwards to create a daily, weekly, monthly targets and an action plan to accomplish this goal.
Thing #3: Pick a #1 Focus.
Make sure you have a “Focus Goal”. It’s the goal that means the most to you, and will help give you momentum to accomplish the rest of your goals.
What’s the one thing that will make MASSIVE change in your life if you accomplish it in 2016?
That’s a big question. That takes some time, and thought, and soul-searching. That’s why you need the 4+ hour block to dig deep.
Thing #4: WRITE IT DOWN!
A study by Dr. Gail Mathews at the Dominican University in CA found that those who write down their goals are 42% more likely to achieve them.
That is huge. If you only do one thing on this list, at least do this. Put it on a sticky note in your wallet, write it on a piece of paper on your wall. Anything! This is a must.
In the deeply wise words of Shia Labeouf,
“Just dooo it! Make your dreams come true!”
Thing #5: Create a simple action plan & track your progress.
Don’t overcomplicate it. Pick the one single next action you need to take to make progress towards your goal. Do it. Then, do the next one thing.
Thing #6: Get outside help if you get stuck, or want to speed up your progress.
Hire a coach, find a gym buddy, pick up a killer supplement stack, buy your meals prepared by a local expert [Faith For Fit, FitPantry, MuscleGrub], read a top-ranked book on your goal topic. Don’t go it alone.
Don’t be part of the 25%
Alright, your assignment for today is two things:
Assignment #1: Over the next 24 hours, brainstorm your #1 goal for 2016
Assignment #2: Subscribe to our Insiders email list at the bottom of this page, where we’ll send tactics and strategies to help you make real progress on your fitness goals this year.
Assignment #3: Have a friend who needs help with finding or accomplishing their one big goals? Send them a link to this blog post. We want everyone in Bakersfield making massive progress on their fitness goals