Do You Have a New Year’s Resolution?

So, since I finished last year’s goal of reading 30 books people have been asking me what I’m going to do this year. Well I will be reading again but that not what I’m focusing on.

I love working out (most of the time), but this year I thought I’d set a process goal for exercising. Last year I probably go in somewhere between 140 and 160 workouts. My process goal is to get in 200 workouts this year. Today I finished workout number 4. Only 196 to go 🙂

You see people most fail because they set a New Year’s Resolution to work out more. The problem is they have no real goal, no start, no end, no way to measure their progress

…and no reason to continue on.

By me doing 200 workouts this year all I gotta do is work out about four times a week, and then I still get a couple weeks off.

Imagine what you could accomplish if you set a goal like this. It doesn’t have to be 200 workouts or even last all year long. Let’s say you want to lose 20 pounds by the summer and you figure you could lose 1-2 pounds per week with a good workout and nutrition plan. So even if you’re conservative and give yourself 20 weeks to lose it all need to do is set a process goal to do 80 workouts in 20 weeks.

You could even break it down smaller to 16 a month or four a week for 20 weeks. Either way it gets your mind off the weight and puts the focus on the workouts, which if you’re like most is where you probably have a problem staying consistent.

Setting your goal is only part of it. You really have to commit to it and make it non-negotiable. What I mean by that is let’s say you’re a vegan, so you don’t eat meat. If I offer you a hamburger there is no deciding if you are going to eat it. it’s non-negotiable.

If you quit smoking and a friend offers you a cigarette, I doesn’t matter if you’re stressed you answer will be, “no thank you I don’t smoke” not okay I guess.

When you’re workouts are non-negotiable, and someone asks you if you’re gonna workout today, the ONLY answer is, “Yes”. It doesn’t matter if it’s raining, its dark, it’s windy, or you’re tired you are going to do that workout no matter what.

If you want to succeed this time around, set a goal, give it a deadline, and turn it into a process goal. Once you’ve done that make it non-negotiable. That’s how I finished my 30 books last year and that’s how I’m going to do 200 workouts this year.

Do it now, and make 2011 the year you finally reached that goal!


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