Happy 2022, FitFam! I hope this finds all of you safe and healthy (with only a modicum of a New Year’s hangover). Now that the holidays are over I hope you’re taking some time to review your goals for 2022.
I love setting goals. I find “goals” are much more attainable than “resolutions.”
Are you struggling to set some goals for yourself? Here are ten tips for setting goals in 2022!
- Start where you’re at. If you set a goal to run five miles a day and you’re not already doing four miles a day, you’re going to be in trouble. Start where you are and build from there. If that’s walking, then walk. You’ll get there.
- Make your goal attainable but something you have to put effort into. Achieving our goals gives us confidence that we can tackle anything, but if we set our goals too high we get discouraged. The trick is to find the middle ground–not too hard, not too easy.
- Gamify your goal. Create your own point system with rewards for milestones you achieve. Have fun with it!
- Break your goal up into steps over the course of the year. For example, if you know you want to do a strict pull up by the end of the year, start with hanging from the bar for 20 seconds. Set a date that you want to achieve that goal by and just focus on that. When that part is done, move onto the next step.
- Choose at least one goal that stretches you. If there is something that you want to try (CrossFit anyone?) but are scared of it for no good reason, do that thing. No one got where they wanted to be by staying in their comfort zone.
- Give yourself permission to go slow. Know that you’ll get better with consistency and practice.
- Don’t limit yourself. Your goal doesn’t have to be weight related. If your goal is to lose weight, that’s fine, but it’s okay if you want to aim for “eating more vegetables” or “learn to do a pull up.” Both of those goals will contribute to a healthier lifestyle.
- Keep your list small. It’s easy to get carried away with setting goals. When you have the entirety of a year stretched out in front of you anything seems possible. But when you set too many goals it is very easy to get overwhelmed and quit. Keep your list small and sustainable. For example, two fully achievable goals and one stretch goal is plenty for the year.
- State your goals publicly. You’re much more likely to follow through when you state your intention to the world (or even just a close friend).
- Have fun with your goals! Goals shouldn’t be shackles. If you don’t love your goals or even get excited over them, what’s the point? Life is too short to spend agonizing over things that aren’t important to you. Make your goals your own and make 2022 your best year yet.
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Happy New Year!