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Six Steps to New Year’s Resolution Success

As the year draws to an end and the New Year begins we are often in a place of reflection and hope. This is the perfect time to bring about the best you possible with New Year’s Resolutions. The following six steps will help you keep those resolutions.

  1. Set “SMART” Goals. Make sure your goals are; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Instead of saying I want to get stronger on the bike, try instead, I will increase my FTP by 10 watts over 3 months by training on the bike 3 times per week for 1 hour per session.
  2. Plan ahead. Nothing derails a resolution faster than not being prepared. If your goal is to increase your bike power, make sure you have workouts designed to for this purpose, sign up for a spin class with great instructors whom are on board with helping you reach your goals.
  3. Keep it positive. There’s going to be a time when it just doesn’t happen. A deadline at work keeps you late and you miss your favorite spin class. These things happen. One slip up doesn’t mean your whole resolution is shot and you should just give up; it only means you are human. Remind yourself of all the times you have been successful, they will far out way one minor slip up.
  4. Pick a start date. A lot of resolutions are made with a January 1st start date. But in actuality you want to pick a date that is right for you. Make sure it’s a day that you feel well rested, are enthusiastic about your goal, and are surrounded by positive people. You also want to have all the tools in place to make your first day successful. So instead of the 1st, make your start date the day the first spin class is offered.
  5. Go for it. Be 100% committed to your resolution. If you’re wishy-washy about the goal then failure won’t be far behind. Instead of a chore to complete think of it as an adventure. The first step to a new you. Visualize yourself faster and stronger on the bike and be enthusiastic about the steps that will get you there.
  6.  Plan rewards. Nothing helps more than positive reinforcement. It may be something as simple as enjoying a magazine, going to a movie, or spending an afternoon with a friend. The main thing to remember is to congratulate yourself along the way. Start with daily congratulations, then move on to weekly, monthly, and then annual anniversaries. Before you know it your resolution will be part of your healthy habits making the best you possible.

Hopefully these steps will help you achieve resolution success!

Leave a comment about your New Year’s Resolution!