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We all have the New Year Bug – this year is going to be fantastic, the best year yet! We set resolutions that are great in theoryBy the middle of the month, however, most people have already started the slide back to their regular existence, overcome by trying to reach lofty, unclear goals with the same mindset from the previous year.

Why does this happen?

It is because the resolutions and goals are completely unrealistic and really just a dream. In the ideal world, yes, they would probably work out. Sorry to say this but the ‘ideal world’ does not exist.

Here are some tips to help you set goals or resolutions that you will accomplish:

1. Keep it simple: The goal does not have to be elaborate. A novel seldom has a long title but yet can have a very complicated plot. Keep your ‘title’ simple. Read point 2 as a follow up to this.

2. Have a plan. This is probably the most important aspect to a resolution and accomplishing them. It is all very nice for me ( as a cyclist) to say ‘I want to cycle 6000 km in 2012’ but have no real plan to get  to that goal. It is the same with any goal you set. This is where it can get as complicated as it needs to. Daily / weekly and monthly goals are a good start.

Back to the cycling goal – 6000km is 500 km a month and 125km a week (on average). If I plan to do 2 rides during the week and one long ride on the weekend – the goal is attainable.

The plan has to involve the ‘down times’ during the year. These are the times when you go away on holiday or (if exercise related) during the colder winter months, when you do not keep the pace up to what is should be. Rest periods if you will. These are very important to factor into you plan to achieve you goal. back to the cycling example: if during the year i take off 1 month from training – the monthly average jumps closer to 600km per month and so on. This is a big factor to play into the plan.

3. Keep it real! Most often, goals and resolutions are unrealistic. This can either be the time frame that is set or what is wanting to be achieved.

a) Time frame: “I want to lose 10kg” seems fine as a goal over 3 or 4 months but “I want to lose 10kg by the end of January” is unrealistic (and unhealthy).

b) Actual goal. Take the above weight loss example. I should never lose 10kg. I am 6 foot 2 inches (192 cm) tall and weigh 93kg. If I was to lose 10kg – I would be sickly thin and probably very unhealthy.

Have  a look at your resolutions in light of these points and see how you can adjust them to make them more realistic. DO NOT remove them – just CHANGE them.

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Over the last 4 and a bit weeks, certain things have come to light for myself and it has changed the way I think about what I am doing.

My daughter arrived (Yes, I know – it is everything to me currently and it is not going to change) and suddenly the focus changed for Carrie and I. Our whole life and how we do things changed.

When it come to me personally, it only really affected me on a deep level when I started to do some training. Suddenly, the time was short and the opportunity to do the training was dramatically reduced. Gone are the days (for now) that I could go for a run just before dinner or when I get home from work.

I consulted my older brother (father to a dughter of 16 months at the time) because he had obviously was in the same boat. After a chat (whilst running – he did most of the talking), he gave me the insight that only the focus had really changed. It is how you use the time you have available that is now so critically important.

WOW! The value of training just went up ALOT!!

Looking back now, this had become apparent a few years back too, but I had not cognitively recognised it. I was a student full time for a long period and now had to start working. Whilst working I had to study as part of the articles I was serving with an auditing firm. This study was now part time and after hours! Same principle!

It does not matter what you have going on, time to yourself is precious. When you do use that time – there is certainly a concentration of effort in that time. This does not mean you have to work at a super fast fast or sprint the 5 km you planned, it means that when you are doing that activity – your mind is completely focused on that and nothing else.

What are you doing with that precious time?

Are you using to the full?

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