With less than a week left in 2015, it is a great time to start thinking about goals and associated plans for 2016. While goals and resolutions are great for motivational purposes, the practice of focusing solely on these usually leads to failure. It's why so many find it difficult to achieve their resolutions. Working towards a huge task without focusing on the systems that actually get results. At enduraLAB we believe on simplifying your goals and resolutions into systems of daily/weekly/monthly practices. They're easier to complete, set you up for small victories and can take you to your goal and beyond. Plus, they're not as daunting or stressful!
How do we set up systems for our clients' goals at enduraLAB? Here are three steps to get you started.
- Take a look back at last year and what you've learned. 2015 was a big year for us with our expansion of our business and space. We've learned a ton and plan on using that to make 2016 even better. We can't just discard our past and expect something totally different to happen this year. Understand your past...the failures, the successes...and go into your 2016 planning with that knowledge.
- Write down 3-5 outcome-based goals or resolutions. These could be anything. Think about what you want to achieve in 2016. Maybe it's obtaining a certain body composition number, finishing a degree or certification, running a half marathon or achieving a new standard in the back squat. Make sure that these are specific and measurable.
- Now for the real magic...write down 3-5 behavioral goals that will provide the system to achieve the outcome-based goals. These are your desired daily/weekly/etc. habits that, when completed, will achieve your goals without even thinking about them. For example, if your outcome-based goal is to run a half marathon your systems may consist of laying out your running clothes and shoes each night, setting up a subscription service for supplements and setting an alarm for you to start your bedtime routine. These are the real focus for your 2016.
Once this exercise is completed we can start working on developing the habits that will achieve your goals in 2016. We like to use Charles Duhigg’s “Habit Loop” from The Power of Habit. (A great book if you are looking for something to read over the holidays.) Developing habits takes a little time, but stick with it and you will be well on you way to rocking 2016!