2. Be Specific
This is one that I see every year. People love to set goals and New Year's Resolutions, but they fail to be specific about their achievement. For example, someone may say they want to lose weight. How much weight do they want to lose? Someone else may say they want to put more money into their savings account at the bank. How much are they going to save each paycheck? Lastly, someone may say they want to spend more time with their kids this year. How much more time do they want to spend and when are they going to do so? General objectives, goals and resolutions tend to fail because there is no specific intent: they are just open-ended desires that make us feel better, but in the end won't do us any good. Be specific in what you want!
3. Make a Plan
Akin to the above problem about being specific, most people set resolutions without planning for their achievement. You cannot get from A to B without a map or path or plan. New Year's Resolution's are destinations, but to be successful we need to really sit down and come up with a game plan. What long-term, medium-term and short-term goals will help us reach our New Year's objectives? Champions start with a road map and then follow it until the end!
4. Track Your Progress
If you don't know where you are, how do you know how far you have come or how far you have to go? Making a plan to achieve a goal is crucial, but so is coming up with a way to track your progress. Whether that be a checklist, a paper chain, a penny jar, a chart on the wall, whatever. Tracking our progress gives us continual motivation to keep pushing and keep working until we reach our desired destination. Whether that be the Olympics or a 5k, recording a song or keeping a family journal, come up with a way that works for you to track your progress. And don't get discouraged if you miss a day or a session. Tomorrow is a new day to get back on track!
5. Celebrate the Victories
Goals take work. I know it, you know it. But that doesn't mean that the journey has to be horrendously difficult. My suggestion for you is to celebrate every victory along the way, no matter how small. I don't care if you stumbled along the way today; what matters to me is that you are moving forward. Small steps still lead in the right direction. So whether you made it to the gym four days this week or just two, celebrate what you did right. Improvement comes much more easily that way and ultimately your New Year's Resolution is easier to achieve when you focus on the positive and celebrate every victory.
So that's it, my friends. Five simple lessons I've learned through sport to help you set and achieve your championship New Year's Resolutions. May 2014 be full of love, laughter and light for you and your family! Make it a year where you go for the gold in everything you do!