2017 is around the corner and it’s a brand new year to set some goals and challenge yourself! I usually start each week with a new set of goals, as it helps me work towards something and I’m much more likely to achieve them if I’ve written them down. 2016 has been a whirlwind to say the least – I decided to quit my job, move out of my flat in London, leave my friends and family back in the UK and move to Sydney! Safe to say it’s been one of the scariest things I’ve ever done, but I’m a big believer in pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone, and looking back, it’s been one of the best things I’ve done. Moving countries and changing lifestyles has made it tough to stick to a proper routine; so I’m definitely craving some new rules along with a different somewhat stricter regime as we head into a new year. A new year brings new goals and great motivation, I’ve been thinking a lot what I want to achieve next year, and I’ve come up with the following:
- Become a personal trainer – eeeeeeekk! My old job left me feeling deflated and demotivated, having the chance to do something I really love and feel passionately about really excites me. I can’t wait to learn and put everything into practice with workout videos, events and SO many more adventures!
- Work on my form and technique when exercising – so important to preventing injuries and aids progress
- Do a handstand – yoga is something I have always found challenging; being able to achieve this in 2017 is a small but important goal for me and I am 100% determined to smash it!
- STRENGTH – towards the end of 2016 this was one of my main goals and I want to continue this into 2017. It’s a very vague goal, and open to interpretation but this is something I want to work on throughout the whole year in all aspects of my busy life
- Read more – I LOVE reading and this has definitely been pushed back as I’ve been so busy recently. I’m setting aside time every evening to read a book/article/blog post, it is important to take time for yourself, even if it’s just 15 mins a day
So there are my goals, I’ve decided to set 5 as I think any more may get a little difficult to track. We’re heading into a new year and nothing will motivate you more than when you reach your target.
Now it’s your turn! Here’s a few tips for writing your goals which have helped me in the past:
No one likes a goal that isn’t achievable. You’re much more likely to give up if you don’t set something that you can reach. I would set a variety of goals – some that may be easier to achieve than others, so it will motivate you to get to the next one.
Saying you want to lose a few pounds or look better won’t motivate you to do something. Be precise – if you want to hit a certain PB in training or a race write down the exact target you want to achieve. Give some goals a time frame so you can keep track of where you are and where you want to be.
Set goals that will challenge yourself more than you normally would. Don’t be afraid to try something new – you might end up surprising yourself!
Focus on the long-term
You want to have goals that will help to change your lifestyle, rather than have an immediate effect which you won’t continue. Leading a fit and healthy lifestyle is something that takes time
Check your goals each week and track your progress. This will help motivate you to push yourself that little bit more the next week!
Hopefully this will help set your goals for 2017 and make it an even more successful year than 2016! I want everyone to smash their goals, whatever they may be, and be proud of yourself! YOU CAN DO THIS.