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Dreams, goals and New Year resolutions

Dreams, goals and New Year resolutions

I’m sure most of you came up with brilliant and challenging New Year Resolutions at 5 minutes past 12.00 am on the 1st of January!

But after the champagne induced euphoria has worn off, how did you propose to achieve those things you set out to do? Are you still working towards them? Or are you like 92% of others whose resolutions end up in the too-hard basket after a few weeks?

The problem for most of us is keeping the motivation to achieve our goal when normal life pressures start to reoccur once the festive/holiday season is over. Work, family and just plain old bad habits seem to take up more of our time and anything outside of these becomes a hassle.

We then look back six months later and say “Oh well. Maybe next year?”

There is no better day to start your journey than today! And as they old saying goes, “If you wait for the perfect moment, it will never happen!”

So dust off those resolutions and use the following tips and tricks to reignite your belief that you can achieve anything you set out to do!

Step 1 – write it down

The first step is to write your goal down. There is a big ‘BUT’ however! Don’t put it in a diary or hide it away! Stick it on the fridge in big, bold writing, make it your screen saver or desktop on your phone or computer, tape it to your steering wheel! Or do what I do – write it on a mirror with a bright red whiteboard marker so you can see yourself and your goal together!

Step 2 – make it realistic

This one is truly the key. Make sure what you desire is achievable within the time frame you want to achieve it. If you have never run before, don’t expect to break the marathon world record after only 3 months! Nothing wrong with big dreams, but they can lead to big disappointment if they are totally unachievable or unrealistic!

Step 3 – break it down and have a plan

A key to achieving your dreams is having a good plan. Whether it’s to get faster or better at your chosen sport, lose some unwanted kilos or save for a house or a holiday, a goal without a plan is just a dream!

As part of your plan, have smaller goals to aim for along the way. These will allow you to have some milestones along the way and make the overall task seem less daunting. Make sure you celebrate these smaller achievements in the same way as you would the end result, as they will keep you motivated and smiling along the way! Nothing kills off achieving something by losing the enjoyment factor!

Step 4 – make yourself accountable to the goal: don’t keep it a secret!

This one is a little different: some people like it, some people dislike it! Tell your friends, tell your family, tell your workmates what it is you’re setting out to achieve. This can be used as motivation when you think you are struggling. It can also find you a support network that you didn’t know you had! You don’t need to go into the ‘nitty gritty’ of it all – just tell about your overall goal, your micro-goal – just something that helps you to believe even more that you can do it! You never know, you might just inspire a few people along the way to set out on their own journey to fulfil a dream!

Step 5 – setbacks happen

No matter who you are, how good you are or what you are trying to achieve, you will have good days and bad days. The key here is that when you have them, don’t give up! Use them as motivators to work a tiny bit harder – to have a look at your plan and review what’s in it. I have personally had one of the worst training sessions of my life in the morning and one of the best I’ve ever had in the afternoon! That shows that not taking the bad moments to heart, and keeping moving onwards and upwards is always better than giving up!

Step 6 – enlist the help of others

No matter who you are, how good you are or what you are trying to achieve, you will have good days and bad days. The key here is that when you have them, don’t give up! Use them as motivators to work a tiny bit harder – to have a look at your plan and review what’s in it. I have personally had one of the worst training sessions of my life in the morning and one of the best I’ve ever had in the afternoon! That shows that not taking the bad moments to heart, and keeping moving onwards and upwards is always better than giving up!

About The Author

Koach Keph

Kephren Izzard, accredited triathlon coach.

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