“3 STEPS to achieving all your goals THIS YEAR” – Monica May
Are you tired of setting resolutions and goals each year, and never achieving them?
I was too, until I managed to find a solution that actually worked!
And you know what?
You can do it too!
Today I’m sharing the 3 simple steps that helped me achieve all of my fitness goals!
Apply these 3 steps to any goal, and make it happen this year!
3 STEPS to achieving all your goals THIS YEAR
Did you know that every year more than 50% of people make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, work out, save money, be more productive etc..
And yet, around 80% of those resolutions get abandoned around February.
That’s really sad!
All of those goals just vanish after only 1 month!
And I’ve been there, too.
Year after year, setting goals I just couldn’t seem to achieve.
UNTIL, I finally did it!
I am now a vegan, I eat healthy, I work out regularly, I have a YouTube channel and I even have my own workout program that helps women achieve their fitness and weight loss goals.
However it took me a lot of years and a lot of trial and error, to finally get to those goals.
And here are the 3 steps that actually helped me do it!
1. FOCUS ON SMALL WINS
(Instead of setting grand goals)
Instead of setting grand goals, just focus on those small wins you want to include in your daily life, that will lead you to that big goal overtime.
I was always a “GO BIG OR GO HOME” type of gal.
So, each year I would set a bunch of huge goals, and just hope for the best.
For example, I always wanted to start living a more sustainable life.
So, year after year I was setting a goal to go vegan this year.
And spoiler alert – I never did.
And this was a goal I was really passionate about, and I wanted to achieve ONE day.
So, from my trial and error I knew that If I just kept writing down “go plant based” as a goal, I would never achieve it.
Mainly because there was not a plan attached to this huge goal of mine.
And I was too dependent on meat as a main source of protein, already.
So, instead, I decided to set a few smaller goals, that are focused around becoming plant based eventually.
Here’s what I wrote:
Swap whey protein for plant based protein
Reduce meat intake to three times a week
Learn how to get enough protein from plants
Try 1 new plant based recipe a week
Try going plant based for a full month
Now at that time I was eating some sort of animal food almost every single day.
So I knew that even reducing my meat intake would be huge for me.
Plus, I was a bit confused on the topic of getting enough protein on a plant based diet, since I was working out and lifting heavy a lot.
However, by taking baby steps, making small changes, and going at a pace I was comfortable with, I managed to get my goal and go plant based for a full month.
Since by that time I’ve already tried a bunch of plant based recipes, reduced meat intake, and learned how to eat proteins as a vegan, I just loved that one month.
So, that month turned into two months, and then into a year, and
I am proud to say that I am a vegan ever since.
And this can apply to anything!
Let’s say your goal is to eat healthier this next year.
A beginner’s mistake would be to immediately go on a diet and just hope for the best.
What you should do instead is set tinier goals, such as trying out a new healthy recipe each week, or swapping up deserts for fruits.
Maybe eventually you’ll commit to having a healthy breakfast each day.
By dividing your grand goal into smaller wins each day, you’ll manage to add up to greater results.
2. SEARCH FOR PROBLEMS
(Before setting a goal)
Instead of just setting a goal, or a resolution, you should find the problems that might be preventing you from reaching that goal first.
For example, my goal was to stay fit, so one of my small wins was to be more consistent with working out.
So, I sat down and just asked myself:
“Why haven’t I worked out as much this past year?
Is it because I haven’t had the time, or there was always something that came up last minute, or I wasn’t really motivated enough, or it took too much of my time.”
And once I found the problems, I could now set a real solution.
For example, for not having the time to go to the gym, my solution was:
Instead of applying to a gym, I’ll subscribe to an at-home workout program, and I’ll work out in the comfort of my own home.
This will not only save me so much time on the trips to the gym, but it would save me money that I can use to invest in workout equipment.
You see, just by committing to going to the gym each day and ignoring your problems, you’re just setting yourself up for failure.
What you should do is find something that works for you and fits your busy schedule first, and set that as a goal.
By finding even the hypothetical problems, and thinking of a solution, you are setting a goal for success.
Apply this to any goal you have, and you’ll be able to achieve your goals every single time.
3. LEARN FROM THE SETBACKS
(Instead of blaming yourself)
The truth is, life happens, and things almost never go as we plan them.
And we all have setbacks.
Especially when it comes to long term goals.
That’s why instead of blaming yourself after a setback, it is crucial to take a second and learn from it.
Let’s say your goal is to work out 5 times a week.
At first you start off, you are in the groove, you’re working out all the time, you’re feeling so motivated.
Then one day, you decide to take a break.
And before you know it the week has passed and you haven’t had a single workout yet.
It’s been a busy week and you just don’t have the time to do it.
That week will turn into two weeks, eventually into a month.. You get the drill.
Before you know it, the goal is out of your sight.
Well it sure is, since it happens to all of us!
And the first thing you should do is recognize the setback, and say it out loud.
Yes I had a setback, I deserved that break, now what?
First, get out of that mindset of blaming yourself and just take a second to learn from it.
Ask yourself: why haven’t I been able to keep up with the workout this past month?
What can I do to make that time, and make the workout happen?
Or what can I do to boost my motivation?
Maybe I’ll switch up that workout program for something exciting and new, or switch up the time of the day I work out.
Just by sitting down, and analyzing your setback you’ll get so much info that can be really helpful.
This way you’ll be able to find a solution and get out of the loop.
Blame won’t do anything.
Learning from the experience will.
You will not always be motivated to work towards the goals you’ve set.
And that’s totally fine.
No one is motivated all the time.
You’ll have ups, you’ll have downs.
What matters in the end is the process and the overall journey.
And by getting to the end of this article, you’re already on the right track!
I’m so proud of you!
I really hope my 3 steps will help you achieve all of your goals this year.
What are your biggest goals?
Let’s analyze them together!
Write them down in the comment section bellow, and we’ll go through them step by step.
Till next time, babes!