Are your New Year’s Resolutions already waning? Quitters’ Day is fast approaching! January 19th is the date on the calendar that most people have resigned their resolutions by. Fact, 80% of resolutions FAIL!

For the record, I never make New Year’s Resolutions. Truth! They are a trap for disappointment. Instead, I prefer to stick to setting goals. I am definitely a ‘goal’ oriented gal! The best part about setting goals is they can be measured in realistic increments of hours, days, weeks or years. For example, if getting fit is a priority for you in 2020 write down exactly what you want to achieve. Do you want to run a half marathon, a marathon or do you want to build muscle strength, bulk, or tone with added definition? Now make a plan. What are the steps you are going to take to get to reach your goal. Find a training plan, hire a personal trainer or a running coach. By adding ‘accountability’ to your plan you are more likely to reach your goal.

Setting smaller goals to reach your goal can also help. If your total weight loss goal is to shed 20 lbs or more then it makes more sense to focus on increments of 5lbs at a time. Losing 5lbs is a lot more appealing than losing 25 lbs. Once you achieve that first smaller goal you will be more motivated to reach your next goal; 5 lbs. Soon enough, you are down 10lbs and almost half way to your goal weight. The same can parlay into fitness. Want to build muscle without injury? Hire a trainer. Set small goals that will eventually enable you to reach your final goal. A gradual build in weights will definitely stay with you longer than a rapid jump and the added risk of injury. Don’t fall into the old ‘one step forward, two steps back’ routine.

Take the time and put some thought into what you want to achieve and why? Revisit past mistakes and failures. What is it you REALLY want? Not what you think others want you to achieve. Do it for YOU! Take the time to set those goals, big or small. The more meaningful, the more likely you are going to achieve them and how good does it feel when you actually start crushing those goals? Be warned, it’s contagious.