A good friend of mine, Mark Jackson from Leverage Your Life, and I were talking a few weeks ago about the concept of finishing strong when it comes to your goals.
We discussed the illustration of when you are running a race. Coaches tell you to finish strong and run through the finish line instead of running to the finish line. Most of us have seen the races when the leader of the race begins to let up when they see the finish line only to be overtaken by the person behind them who continued to push hard through the entire race and through the finish line.
See Mark’s post below via Leverage Your Life here.
Over the past few days and weeks, I’ve heard several people say things such as, “I’ll start that next year.” or “I’ll wait until the holidays are over.” My questioning to that is Why? Why wait? Why not finish the year strong and continue on into the new year. Why not get a jump start on your goals? Imagine how much further ahead you could be if you start right now.
Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today.
My challenge to you is to start now. If your goal is to eat better and exercise more, or whatever it may be, there is no better time to start than the present.
Happy New Year Everyone! I hope that you all are as excited about 2018 as I am.
Most of us set goals and new year’s resolutions at the beginning of the year, so I just wanted to share a few tips or “hacks” that have helped me and others in the past with fitness goals as well as other goals.
1. Visualize your goal. What I mean by this is really flesh it out. For example, if you goal is “I want to lose weight or I want to get fit.”
Visualize, what that looks like. Exactly how much weight would I like to lose? What is a realistic time frame that it would take me to reach that goal? What is being “fit” to me? Is it being able to finish a 5K in a certain time period. Is it being able to lift a certain amount of weight or is fitting into a certain clothes size? Make your goal S.M.A.R.T.
2. Strive for progression and not perfection. Take it day by day and week by week. If you happened to fall off track, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just don’t stay off track.
3. Self Evaluation. Evaluate yourself, and do it often. I prefer daily. I ask myself, “did I do the necessary things today to get me closer to my goals?” Such as, make a phone call, did I work out and eat right, did I spend “quiet time” with the Lord?
4. Get an accountability partner, or be active in an accountability group. I try to create an accountability environment with Getting Fit with T.I.F. Facebook Group. We can share stories of triumphs and challenges. Also, if you workout with an accountability partner, they can push you in a positive way and you can hold each other accountable with your workouts and goals. You are less likely to skip the gym or a workout, if you have someone waiting on you.
5. Write down your goals. There is something that gives your words more power when you write them out. Put them in a place where you will see them daily, so they can serve as a reminder for you and keep you on track.
I am also a fan of Vision Boards. I create mine online. As I have stated before, visualization is a powerful tool and I feel that it helps increase your faith. Put a picture of that dress you would like to fit in up, or a picture of the home that you would like to buy. Whatever your goal is, put a picture of it up. You may be surprised, when you look back at your vision board in a few months or at the end of the year, at how many of those goals you have accomplished.