A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish

New Years' Resolutions Goals Action Plans

Written by: Brittany Lyonette

According to Forbes magazine, 80% of New Year’s Resolutions fail.  Despite our well placed intentions, despite insisting that “this year will be different”, and despite buying that new treadmill (DO NOT buy a new treadmill!  I repeat - DO NOT buy a new treadmill!), as soon as the first week of January ends many of our New Years’ resolutions have already become fleeting thoughts. 

Every year you’ll run into those people who, when asked if they are making any resolutions, will say, “Naw! Those things never work!”  Yet this failure to follow through on one’s goals is not limited to the month of January. It’s not the New Year’s resolution itself that is flawed, but the approach to goal setting itself.

A goal without a plan is just a wish. 

Let that sink in for a moment.

How many times have you said you were going to “lose weight”, “learn a new skill”, “advance in your career”, or “read more”?  And how many times have you found yourself right back where you started, no closer to your goals. Think back - did you make an action plan for how you would reach those goals? 

It’s one thing to say “I’m going to read more”, but if you haven’t made a plan for exactly how you’re going to accomplish that then another year is going to pass you by and the blame of yet another failed resolution will be put on beginning of the year over-optimism, rather than on user error. 

Instead of the general "I'm going to read more" try "I'm going to read for 20 mins every night before be."

Instead of "I'm going to exercise more" try "I'm going to walk for 30 mins everyday, attend Jess' Resistance Training class Monday and Wednesdays and go to Danielle's Yoga classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays."

I attended Danielle’s first Stretch & Breathe class of the year and she posed a few questions that I thought would be perfect to share with you here:

1) What is a really good thing that happened in 2020? Feel the happiness and gratitude for this. 

2) What is your vision for 2021? How do you want to feel?

3) Write down your first step in making this vision true for 2021.

Here’s my call to action for you

Answer Danielle's questions above. Make your first action something you can do today!  Don’t wait!   If you have health and fitness goals and you’re not sure where to start, reach out to us directly.  We are always here to help! 

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