January is considered a month for Resolve, Renewal, Rejuvenation. Oh, and resolutions too. It’s time to set reasonable goals and take action to achieving them and put yourself on a path of consistency for the entire year.
Make a long-term plan for what you want to accomplish in the spring, summer or fall—whether that means getting fit for a half-marathon, planning a vacation or tackling your first project —and then set out smart steps it will take to get you there. Maybe your goal is to get fit, lose 10 pounds or start a new career. That’s great too, but it’s not going to happen on its own. You need to make a plan and go after it!
Start this week! Commit to those goals. Research the information. Join a club. Hire a coach. Sign up for fitness classes. Buy new running shoes. Just start doing it. Don’t wait until the month of January zips by. The bottom line is that there is no magic bullet, a snapping of the finger and no next-generation digital app that is going to help you reach your goals. The only path is through hard work, relentless dedication and living a healthy, balanced life. Only you can control your destiny, so get after it!
Work, school, family and daily tasks can get in the way, but only if you allow it. Plan your weeks and make it happen. It really only takes an hour a day (or sometimes even less) to put you on the path to achieving your goals. It won’t happen unless you make it happen on a regular basis.
I have an old Nike T-shirt with a slogan that reminds me, “Just Do It”.” That sums it up right there. Set goals, take small steps and be relentless in your pursuit in the new year.