Starting a new year with plan is very important to set the trend for a successful year. A great place to start planning your life changes is starting with your health and a new training program. You can also try and take small steps in slowly by surely breaking one bad habit at a time, replacing full cream options with low fat options, not eating carbs late at night etc.  

Try these 5 tips to make following through a little easier.

Start Small

The expert at anything was once a beginner.” Helen Hayes

Often when you start something new you have to remember that you have to start moving with taking one step forward and then the next. Even though the end is not in sight yet you have to keep moving forward. Don’t get put off by not knowing how to do something, Google is such a wonderful place for educational video’s and articles, educate yourself.

Set Realistic Goals

Everybody has their own Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb.” – Seth Godin

Not Everyone has the same goals and same abilities. We all know ourselves pretty well, and having a goal should be something you are able to achieve. Don’t look at celebrities for example, on the cover of a magazine and feel like a failure if you have for example, set your goal to look like that in two weeks max, and you don’t achieve it. There are many reasons why this is un-achievable but you should focus rather on something you can achieve with hard work and dedication.

Do It For Yourself

There is one thing I have learned in life and in training; You have to do it for yourself and for the right reason. If you embark on a training program don’t do it for your boyfriend/girlfiend or to win other people’s acceptance/impress other people. Your reason for looking better should be for you and to be healthier. With above mentioned goals in place you will never be dissapointed when you achieve your goals. Setting personal goals for someone else’s approval might leave you negative when you achieve success and the other party does not notice, or pay attention. This could also cause you to abandon your goals.

Set Milestones

Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” — Stephen A. Brennan

Its very important to set little milestones for yourself along the way because if you put all the milestones together it will become the path to the achievement of your goal. Milestones are also very important to remind you that you are getting there and you are on the right track. Thats why it is so important to plan what you want to do, know in which direction you are heading, and celebrate small successes.

Reward Yourself

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals” – Goethe

Besides getting the big reward in the end of achieving your goal, you must also reward yourself for reaching your milestones. I don’t mean go spoil yourself with a dozen dunken donuts after a workout type of reward, but try and get yourself a new pair of training pants when you achived a full 4 week 3 times a week training training plan for example, or 2 classes a week for 4 weeks, even a drop in weight or clothing size. Everyones currency is different so choose a reward that works for you and feel proud in what you have achieved.

Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!