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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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