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Here it is: 2015, a brand new year! A fresh start and time to get those resolutions in motion. The pattern for most of the population is to set some awesome goals, and move towards them with laser focus… for about three weeks. You know the drill: join the gym and by March, you have come up with every reason not to go anymore.

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This year can be different for you; 2015 can be the year you succeed. You simply need to create a clear path to reach your goals. Goals are dreams with a timeline. Follow the following steps to get those goals out of your head and into action.

Set S.M.A.R.T Goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely goals are the way to go. The more specific, the better: don’t just say, “I want to lose weight.” Make it specific, such as “I want to drop 2 dress sizes.” Then, it is also measurable. If your goal is to run a marathon, that can be attainable and realistic, but perhaps not in one month if you have never run a mile! Be sure there is a timeframe attached to your goal. It’s important to see the light at the end of the tunnel to keep you going.

Write it down: There is something very powerful in writing down your goals. Goals and dreams that bounce around in your mind tend to stay in your head and never come to fruition. Write them out in as much detail as possible; make your declaration to the Universe! I keep my Top 10 Goals in a list on my smartphone, and look at them daily. I have had to replace my #1 goal many times, because I am able to focus on achieving it simply because I can look at it. Perhaps a hand-written note that you have posted at your desk is the way to go for you. Just get those goals in writing and look at them often!

Get it on the schedule: You wouldn’t cancel a meeting with an important client. Treat yourself like your most important client, because you are! If you do not schedule your workouts, they likely will not be a priority. Find a time that can be consistent, and then keep the appointment with yourself.


Create accountability: Find a workout buddy who has similar goals. Hire a trainer. Join an accountability group. You need help from another person to help you stay on track. It can also be more fun!

Celebrate your small victories: Find a way to celebrate your small successes along the way (not with food!). Perhaps a pedicure, or treat yourself to a new pair of shoes once you have hit certain milestones (refer to S.M.A.R.T. goals above!).

Every great success began with a decision to take that first step forward. You have goals for big changes in 2015. Get those goals plugged into an action plan and go for it! This could be your best year ever!