Do New Year’s Resolutions Even Work?We all know that goals are effective and important tools in achieving what we want out of life. A new year’s resolution is simply a goal set out at the beginning of the year. Yet, for some reason, it seems that new year’s resolutions leave us short of expectations nearly all of the time. What’s the deal with that? Well, the biggest flaw with new year’s resolutions is that they are goals set out at the beginning of the year, and then left by the wayside and forgotten. In the words of the famous infomercial salesman Ron Popeil, we simply “set it, and forget it!” So, within just a few months time, we are asking ourselves, “what new year’s resolution?” New year’s resolutions have become embedded in our culture, yet only 8% of the population felt they were successful in achieving those resolutions. So, rather than avoid this most-popular goal setting time of year, we choose to embrace the new year’s fitness resolution and discuss how to harness their power so that they work for both you and your personal training clients.
Review the Past Year’s Goals and Objectives (for 2019)Before getting into 2020 goals, start out by reviewing your client’s goals and objectives for 2019 to understand what went well and what areas require more focus. Revisit the new year’s resolutions that were made at the very beginning of 2019 to figure out what happened throughout the year that either helped to reach their goals, or caused them to drift further away. History tends to repeat itself, so, unless we can figure out what needs changing, we’ll be hard pressed to change and find ourselves in the same spot at the end of 2020 – wondering where things went wrong.
S-M-A-R-T Goals are the Way to GoAs personal trainers, we know that we should always be encouraging our clients to set SMART goals. A SMART goal is one that is:
- Specific: A goal should be narrow and well defined. Goals that are too broad leave too many variables open to interpretation.
- Measurable: Goals require concrete criteria to measure progress. Without such measurements, it’s nearly impossible to know whether the goal is on track.
- Attainable: Overreaching and setting unattainable goals is sure to demotivate and derail even the most ambitious personal training client.
- Realistic/relevant: The goal should be realistically achievable with the means available and relevant to the individual. Taking someone else’s goal and applying it directly to your client is only asking for failure.
- Time-bound: A goal should have a definitive and limited time frame. The effort to achieve goals that are not bound by time can literally go on forever – never seeing the success the client is after.