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New Year's Resolutions - Chris Garrett Fitness | Dream-2-Reality | Team D2R

New Year’s Resolutions

First of all I want to wish you all a wonderful New Year!  I wanted to talk about New Year resolutions.  Far too often I hear about people making New Year Resolutions, but don’t actually have a plan to make it happen!  If you do not have a plan you are setting yourself up for failure.  I have some tips to help you stay on track and make sure you complete your goals for this new year:

1:  Sit down and write down your reason WHY you made that resolution.  Whether it is to get in shape or get out of debt, it is SO important to write  down “WHY” and keep it posted where you can see it every day.

2:  Make a plan.  If you do not plan in advance your daily tasks to make sure you are progressing in your goals, you won’t get it done!  You should schedule your day and make sure everything you need to get done is accomplished by the end of the day.  This may require some sacrifice on things that you are used to doing.  For a lot of people that may include cutting out some television time.  I know for me that is a necessary tip to make sure I complete all the tasks I need to complete every day.

3:  Set your S.M.A.R.T. goals.  You will want to write these down and put them in a place you can see them every day.  I have a white board and dry erase markers where I have these goals written so I am reminded of what I need to do each day to reach those goals

For those of you who do not know what this means, Paul J. Meyer describes the characteristics of S.M.A.R.T. goals in Attitude is Everything.


The first term stresses the need for a specific goal over and against a more general one. This means the goal is clear and unambiguous; without vagaries and platitudes. To make goals specific, they must tell a team exactly what is expected, why is it important, who’s involved, where is it going to happen and which attributes are important.

A specific goal will usually answer the five “W” questions:

  • What: What do I want to accomplish?
  • Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
  • Who: Who is involved?
  • Where: Identify a location.
  • Which: Identify requirements and constraints.


The second term stresses the need for concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of the goal. The thought behind this is that if a goal is not measurable, it is not possible to know whether a team is making progress toward successful completion. Measuring progress is supposed to help a team stay on track, reach its target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs it on to continued effort required to reach the ultimate goal.

A measurable goal will usually answer questions such as:

  • How much?
  • How many?
  • How will I know when it is accomplished?


The third term stresses the importance of goals that are realistic and attainable. While an attainable goal may stretch a team in order to achieve it, the goal is not extreme. That is, the goals are neither out of reach nor below standard performance, as these may be considered meaningless. When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. The theory states that an attainable goal may cause goal-setters to identify previously overlooked opportunities to bring themselves closer to the achievement of their goals.

An attainable goal will usually answer the question:

  • How: How can the goal be accomplished?


The fourth term stresses the importance of making goals relevant. A relevant goal must represent an objective that the goal-setter is willing and able to work towards. This does not mean the goal cannot be high. A goal is probably relevant if the goal-setter believes that it can be accomplished. If the goal-setter has accomplished anything similar in the past they may have identified a relevant goal.

A relevant goal will usually answer the question:

  • Does this seem worthwhile?


The fifth term stresses the importance of grounding goals within a time frame, giving them a target date. A commitment to a deadline helps a team focus their efforts on completion of the goal on or before the due date. This part of the S.M.A.R.T. goal criteria is intended to prevent goals from being overtaken by the day-to-day crises that invariably arise in an organization. A time-bound goal is intended to establish a sense of urgency.

A time-bound goal will usually answer the question:

  • When?
  • What can I do 6 months from now?
  • What can I do 6 weeks from now?
  • What can I do today?

4:  Personal Development.  There are a couple of books I highly recommend to help you keep your mind and attitude where it needs to be to help you stay focused in reaching your goals.  “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson and “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz.  Your mind is a powerful thing and if you start to become negative or don’t have your head in the game, you won’t progress toward your goals.  That is a fact! These types of books help you stay positive and realize YOU are in control of your success.  I would make it a point to read 15 pages per day of a personal development book (or listen to 15 minutes of a personal development audio book).   Listening is a really great way to make use of your commute time to work every day.

5:  Accountability.  Find a success partner(s) to help you stay accountable and on track.  You will want someone with similar goals so you can help push each other and relate to each other.  Stay in contact daily with your accountability partner(s)  to help keep each other on track.  Tekoa and I were each other’s accountability partners.  Whenever one of us would be weak or falling off, the other would give the boost of motivation or confidence to get back on track.  If you can get a group of people as your accountability group, this is even better!  To have a few other people all cheering you on and motivating you, encouraging you and steering you in the right direction if you get off track is EXTREMELY beneficial.

5:  Associate yourself with like-minded people.  As you progress through your fitness journey you will get a lot of “nay-sayers” telling you that you will fail, or say something negative about what you are doing.  It is sad, but you will hear it a lot.  I look at those people as those who envy you for doing something they haven’t had enough drive to do because they are too lazy.  Prove to them it can be done and keep a good attitude.  The way you do this is associate yourself with other people with common goals.  Find a group of people who all share the same passion for getting healthy!  They will be your go-to people to buffer all the “nay-sayers”!

6:  STICK WITH IT!  There will be good days and bad days, good weeks and bad weeks, but what is important is that you stay focused on your “why” and your goals and stick with it anyway!  YOU ONLY FAIL WHEN YOU QUIT!   You are the only one that can get in your way. You have to go after something if you want to achieve it.  Focus on today and plan for tomorrow.

I hope this helps you with whatever New Year’s Resolutions you decided on and now it is up to you to make it happen!  If you are just starting your fitness journey we can help you with these steps to ensure you succeed in your fitness goals!  Far too often I hear about people wanting to get in shape after New Year, but at some point their New Year Resolution is forgotten until the next New Year!  DON’T LET THAT BE YOU!  We have Fitness Challenge groups forming regularly and if you want to be a part of a challenge group of a few others just like you doing the same program as you, let us know ASAP and we can give you the details for joining a group!   We also have an AMAZING group of people in our Facebook Fitness Support Group for a large group of people Tekoa and I coach.  Our team group on Facebook is an amazing place to chat with other like-minded people all working to change their unhealthy lifestyles and who are all going through similar trials and successes.

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