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5 Things to Keep in Mind When Goal Setting

It’s two weeks into 2014 and already 30% of New Years Resolutions have been thrown out. Half way through the year this turns into a whopping 50% and by the end of December, depending on your age, anywhere between 60-85% of resolutions have been broken. The gym pass is collecting dust, the crash diet has failed miserably and you are left feeling worse off than when you started.

If you are one of these unfortunate goal setters, it’s not too late to get back on track! Here are 5 things to keep in mind when setting (or resetting) your goals:

1. When goal-setting, your success rate will be astronomically higher if you get specific. “trimming down” or “getting stronger” will probably not get you very far. Think about the steps that it will take to get you to your ultimate goal.

2. Making your goals measurable will give you a much better shot at success. For example, “strength training 4 times a week” or “increasing my deadlift by 30 lbs” is both specific and measurable.

4. Success rates tend to be higher among those who take the time to write down their goals and share them with someone who will keep them accountable. This only takes a few minutes so whip out a pen and go public with your goals!

3. Be realistic. Sure, I would love to deadlift double my body weight by January of 2015 and one day I plan to. However, this goal may not be realistic considering the deadline, so I am working my way towards it. Dream big, but set attainable goals.

5. Set benchmarks along the way to your long-term goals. Ask yourself what you can do 6 months from now, 6 weeks from now and today to get yourself to your goal.

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Five simple steps. Keep them in mind when setting and demolishing your 2014 goals. Good luck!

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