For a lot of us, reality has hit us hard with the fact that summer is long gone. With the change of seasons, it is a great time to take advantage of doing something like adding something new into your workout routine or creating new goals. Whether it is trying a new indoor activity or changing up a routine to achieve a different goal – the body needs change, from time to time. However, there are two important factors that need to be thought of, even before you come up with your new goals – being realistic and loving what you are doing are important to think about first. Without these, the goals you come up with may not happen or will surely be one hell of a ride.
Being realistic is something you should always keep in the back of your mind while thinking about what you would like to achieve. Without having a clear vision on reality, then you are most likely going to set yourself up for failure. However, you don’t have to think negatively when you look at those failures, figure out a way to create success out of them THIS year. Life happens and it gets the best of us sometimes, this does not mean you need to give up – be resilient and bounce right back into action.
If you don’t love it, then you aren’t going to do it. It is literally that simple. There are so many options, you may not fall in love with option one and that is okay. Additionally, it is important to know that even if the actual activity you are doing is not something you love in the moment, the love may shine in the results you achieve. Sure you may not enjoy doing abdominal workouts, but you may love having a toned stomach. Find out where your love lies and that may help you discover more options or at least keep you on track.
Next, establish your goals – think about what you would like to accomplish. This can be a long-term goal, but it is important to break it up into short term goals too. Like focusing on something you can accomplish by the end of the year that is beneficial to achieving your long term goal. So in a perfect world, what would you like to accomplish? Something that may help trigger a new goal is to think about your past goals. Did you accomplish them? Did you find them difficult to achieve? What got in the way of you accomplishing your goals? Were they challenging enough? If these goals from your past are still important to you, then your new goal could very well be – actually accomplishing your goal from last year. I suggest adding a new twist or changing something about it since there was a reason(s) it didn’t get accomplished last year. Then think about things you would like different in your life. Do you want to run a marathon? Do you want to create more strength in your legs? Do you want a leaner physique?
Lastly, plan ahead by taking a look at your schedule. Does the fall season mean a lot of tailgating or pumpkin pie eating? Dedicate the indulging days as a rest day or make sure you get a killer workout in beforehand. For instance, will you be attending multiple Halloween parties? You probably need to bring a dish to pass around anyway, so bring one that you enjoy and keeps you on track. Whatever your schedule has in store for you, don’t be hard on yourself, keep your vision clear and you will stay on track even with bumps in the road.
At the end of the day, it is about you and what you want to accomplish. Using the tips and tricks from above will increase your chances of accomplishing your goals, but most importantly remember to have fun while crushing some goals. What would you like to accomplish in the next year?