The holiday season is approaching fast and normally right after people start focusing on those New Year resolutions that will help make 2011 a better year than in 2010. "After Thanksgiving and all of the holidays in December pass then I can focus on all of the changes I want to make in January." Good to hear, but can I ask you a question? Does this not sound familiar to you at all? If it doesn't then let me remind you. You said the EXACT same thing in 2009 about this year.
"2010 is a new year and I am going to do things different, achieve different results, and be different for the better."
How did that work out for you?
If you did take care of those resolutions and you are experiencing success then you can move on to the store and take advantage of the sales and discounts that are available at Bodybuilding.com. If you didn't, then I suggest you start reading because you need to pay attention. I am going to give you a novel idea that is just crazy enough to work.
2010 Is Not Over Yet
New Year resolutions are meant to be applied throughout the entire year. Around the end of 2009 you made resolutions that you would apply in the year 2010. Now 2010 is certainly not a new year anymore. As a matter of fact it is almost over. Let's look at one specific word - ALMOST! It isn't over yet. There is still time to work on making those resolutions a reality. If you are interested I can help you achieve those results you were so motivated to reach in the beginning of the year. You must be interested because you are still reading so let's do this.
The first thing you need to do is go read the article I wrote on making 2010 the year you make DECISIONS and not resolutions. You can get to it here. Go ahead and read it. I will wait until you get back.
Did You Make Decisions or Resolutions?
Now let's be honest. Making resolutions is probably the reason why you are in this situation now. If you would have made the DECISION to change your life and body for the better then your chances of success would have been much greater and you would be talking with friends on Bodyspace right now.
Despite what you may think, the amount of time left in 2010 is plenty to get moving and work on achieving all of those bodybuilding goals. Why should you wait until 1/1/11 to get started? Besides when you go to that New Year's Eve party how many of those people can actually say they met their goals and resolutions at the beginning of the year 2010? Imagine how awesome it will feel knowing you could very well be the only person in the room who met those commitments. You are getting psyched up just thinking about that.
Now it isn't January, but we are going to do something similar to what I suggested at the beginning of the year. This is a new beginning for you and seeing your goals in writing will make it more powerful and show your commitment so get pen and paper. Don't type it in a document either. Write it out so you can see your own handwriting. This makes a difference too.
Make THE Decision
You are going to write out a statement that defines the fact that you will honor those commitments you made at the beginning of the year and you will be one of the people who does what they say they are going to do. You are also going to date it to show that as of this moment you are making that commitment. It can read like something similar to this.
"As of (today's date) I understand that although I did not achieve the resolutions I set at the beginning of 2010 I am now DECIDING I WILL meet all of the goals I set from now until December 31, 2010. I will work as hard as I can on these goals despite the fact that the holiday season is approaching and I will succeed anyway! 2010 WILL still be MY year!"
Good work! Don't put that pen away yet because you are far from done. Keep that same paper and right below it write down the reasons why you want to get in better shape and work on those goals. The reasons can be whatever motivates you. Don't spend more than a few minutes on this because those reasons that are the first to pop in your mind are going to be what keeps you going. Your list can look like this.
"I want to reach all of my goals in 2010 because ..."
- I want to be more active and spend more time with my family.
- I want to be more productive at work and possibly get a promotion.
- I want to live long enough to see my grandchildren.
- I want to eventually step on a bodybuilding stage.
It can be 4 or 20. As long as you don't take too much time thinking about them and they motivate you; that is what matters. Once you write them out, read them back to yourself out loud. Hearing them will me more inspiring than just reading them. Trust me.
What Are Your Goals?
Now we are going to concentrate on what you are going to do between now and December 31. Remember these are your 2010 goals so you can't use January 1 as the deadline because that is the first day of 2011. When you start listing your goals the first few words of every sentence will be "By December 31, 2010, I will ..."
Using this as the beginning will make it more official. Write out each goal like this so by the time you are done it may look like this.
- "By December 31, 2010, I will lose 15 pounds of fat."
- "By December 31, 2010, I will add 20 pounds to my bench press."
- "By December 31, 2010, I will run for two miles on the treadmill without stopping."
- "By December 31, 2010, I will drop two pants sizes."
Again it can be three goals or more than 10. Just make sure they are achievable goals and they motivate you because with all of the holidays approaching you are going to need to be as motivated as possible.
The Reason for the Paper
Now that might seem strange to have you write these things out the way you did, but go back and read them. You will not be able to see your goals without looking over your statement and reasons first. You will see your motivation before you see the goals. That will help you stay focused on the tasks at hand and help you succeed. At the end of the day this is all about making the year 2010 a success to you!
With that said, make sure you keep that paper so you can remind yourself why you are doing this and how you are going to do it. It will also make a good conversation piece at those parties when you hear the same old stories about everyone will do it "next year". You can say you did it "this year".
One More Thing
Just because you are focusing on this now does NOT mean you can't still enjoy the holidays and all of the extra food that comes with it. If you are dieting and training hard enough then you will be able to treat yourself at those family gatherings and still meet your goals! Work hard enough and you will have a deeper appreciation for those holiday dinners. So if anything, you working on these goals may help this holiday season be your best ever. So get to work and think about that great feeling that despite having a late start you STILL made 2010 your year to succeed!