Your First Step Toward 2015 Goals

2015 goals

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
-Zig Ziglar

It’s that time of year again when goal-setting is on many people’s minds, including mine. Like most people who set goals mine include several that are fitness related.

I’ve had both success and failure at setting and reaching goals. In the past I’ve kept records and journals to increase my chances of success.

But I’ve noticed lately that my enthusiasm for goal setting has waned. As 2015 approaches I’m going to try and rekindle that excitement I once had for goal-setting.

How will I do this? Here are some steps I plan to take. I guess you could say that these are my goals for getting back on track with goal-setting.

1. Read a book related to one of my goals. Since eating better is sure to be on my list of goals for 2015 I’ve started reading The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn. I’ve only read the first three chapters but already Rip has motivated me to do his 28 Day Challenge.

2. Watch videos that motivate you in the areas of your goals. Since I’m moving toward a more plant-based diet I decided to watch Forks Over Knives. You can puchase this at Amazon for less than $5 and watch it when you need extra motivation to eat better. You can even watch some videos like Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead for free.

3. Listen to podcasts. Right now my favorite podcast is No Meat Athlete with Matt Frazier. Matt and co-host Doug Hay provide great information and motivation on diet and fitness topics. Another favorite is the Rich Roll Podcast. Both of these advocate plant-based diets. There are also some great paleo podcasts if that is your preference.

4. Read and/or listen to a goal-setting program. I have several of these including Zig Ziglar’s and Brian Tracy’s. Even if you don’t follow their program’s exactly you will be motivated to set goals.

So, before I set my goals on January 1st I have the goal of completing The Engine 2 Diet book, watch Forks Over Knives, listen to one podcast each day, and listen to Zig Ziglar’s Goals program.

By the way, there’s nothing magical about January 1st. I might even start on my 2015 goals on December 27th. Every day is a new day and is therefore a new opportunity to start moving toward a goal.

Before you make out your goals write down what you will do to stay motivated. It isn’t enough to just have goals. We must maintain motivation move toward reaching them. I’ve identified 4 things to help keep me motivated. Maybe you should do the same – right now!

Your first step toward reaching your 2015 goals is to make a list of those things that will keep you motivated.

Do what it takes to stay motivated and keep moving forward. And just like bathing, do it every day!