December 22, 2018
New Year’s Resolution Rebooted
It’s the holiday season. This is the time for family, friends, celebrations, food, and overall appreciation of all the things you have in your life. The holiday season also means we are approaching the infamous ” new year’s resolution” time period . Most people have tried numerous times to create and follow their goals as a new year’s resolution; unfortunately, many are not successful and has just abandon their new year’s resolution idea completely. The problem most people are not successful with their goals is they create outcome-based goals versus behavioral-based goals. I’m here to tell you that behavioral-based goals yield much better results compared to outcome-based goals. I’m going to explain to you how you can improve your chances of reaching your goals.
Outcome- This is when you focus on the end result without having a specific plan to measure your outcomes constantly and tangibly. (“The destiny is the goal. It doesn’t matter how I get there”)
Behavior- This is when you achieve your goal by focusing on activities you perform intentionally to accomplish your outcome (“The journey is the focus, which will get me to the goal”).
Here are examples on how you change alter a few common goals:
Weight loss goal
Outcome approach (little control over the outcome with no plan)- “I want to lose 20 lbs in 10 weeks”
Behavior approach (direct control over the outcome with a plan)- “I will exercise 5x days for 10 weeks”
Outcome approach (little control over the outcome with no plan)-“I want to become healthier“
Behavior approach (direct control of outcome with a plan)- “I will meditate for 15 mins everydays at 7pm in a dimly lit room with candles and soft music to reduce my stress“
By simply changing your mindset from an outcome to a behavior based approach, the likelihood of achieving your goal increases because you would be able to track your progress precisely.
Here are 3 easy steps on how to change from an outcome approach to a behavioral approach:
- Set specific, intentional steps. Please do not confuse “movement with progress”. Be intentional with your plan.
- Have specific outcome measurements with each intentional step. For example: Your water intake will overall increase because you are exercising 5x days per week. This is help with digestion and hydration.
- Allow yourself room for adjustments. Sometimes life happens. Do not beat yourself up if you missed a day at the gym, you follow you nutritional guidelines exactly. It’s okay. You can continue your journey the next day. The key is to be consistent for the long haul.
Okay, you are now equipped with the tools to help you embrace and master your goals confidently. Contact me if you need help creating a plan and jump starting you to a better version of you.
New year. New Goals. New Approach. New You.