New Year Goal Setting: 3 Best Tips

With 2021 just around the corner, I’ll be giving you the 3 best methods to plan your health and fitness goals in preparation for the new year.

This isn’t going to be another ‘judge everyone who wants to make a change next year’ posts.

In fact it’s the opposite.

I think you should absolutely plan goals for the new year if you want to relax at Xmas and refresh.

I’ve even written a helpful Xmas guide so you don’t go too overboard.

I have always set goals for myself for the year since 2016 when I basically started from nothing and decided to get my life in order.

I had no money. No driving license. No career prospects. No vision. No chance.

From then until now I’ve gone from an underweight, depressed and reckless university dropout smoking 20 a day to become a physically and mentally strong optimistic.

I have also become well established in the fitness industry.

Me 1 month after lockdown

I have achieved a fair amount of other things in this time but do not expect ANY plaudits.

I only use my path and methodology to share with you in this post, to help you achieve your goals.

I will focus this post only on health and fitness though, that’s what you are here for.

You start achieving your health and fitness goals, then what reason do you have to not transfer these goal setting skills to improve other departments of your life?

1. S.M.A.R.T Goals

SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time/Type.

If your goals do not cover these headings then you are already setting yourself up to fail.

Here are some examples:

1. Set without SMART goal – I want to lose weight next year

2. Set with SMART goal – I want to lower my bodyfat by 3% by the end of March.

Just by changing a few words you are giving yourself so much more of a chance by achieving this goal.

Specific – Losing bodyfat

Measurable – Lose 3%

Attainable – 1% each month

Realistic – 3% in 3 months

Time/Type – 3 months

Of course you can change the variables to whatever you feel is correct but be honest with yourself.

Which leads us onto:

2. Be Honest With Yourself

If you have 40% bodyfat, no experience of training and expect to have shredded abs, huge muscles and expect run 10K in under an hour by the end of the year then you are probably going to end up feeling quite disappointed.

But this does NOT mean you should not aim to achieve these things.

You just need to split the goal up into smaller steps and over the months and years, there is no reason why you can’t achieve a wide range of fitness goals.

There are many variables and if you are serious, I would recommend hiring a personal trainer for the new year who can help you plan and push you when you need it.

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They can be expensive depending on location, but truthfully there is nothing more important than your health.

If you prefer online coaching, then feel free to contact me and I will personally discuss your goals with you for free.

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3. One Day At A Time

You can only do so much in one day. Rome was not built in a day nor will you become who you want to become in one day.

But with each day that passes, you get closer to becoming the person you want to become.

Sometimes you might feel stuck, lost or almost going backwards. You must persevere one day at a time.

“The only guarantee for failure is to stop trying.”
– John C. Maxwell

Is everyday going to go as planned?

Probably not.

But you start again the next day. You can not afford to sit and beat yourself up.

It’s pointless.

Whatever has happened has gone.

You are only human, but you must get up and go again.

If you progress slowly and you are committed, I promise you, that you and others will recognise the changes you have made.

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Your physical health affects your life in all aspects – Career, mood, energy, confidence, not getting ill, memory etc.

Prioritise it now.

Need more motivation?

Published by Thomas Jackson Smith

Personal Trainer. Qualified Strength and Conditioning Coach, Exercise Referral specialist, Football coach and entrepreneur. Interested in health and fitness, exercise prescription, football, nutrition, injury prevention, recovery and mindset improvement. Any views are my own and from my own experience. Looking to build links within the blog community, replying to feedback and offering support so we can learn and grow together!

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