When the new year approaches, everyone gets that tingle in their belly. The tingle that says, “oh yeah, this is the year I make everything happen!”. Unfortunately by April the wings have fallen off the plane and another new year of new goals gets thrown out. I think creating big goals is very important. But just as important are the small wins on your journey to the big on.. So in this post, let’s talk small wins and how they can help you in 2016.
The most common fitness goal every year for the average person is losing weight. Be it a little or a lot, someone you know is guaranteed to have this goal in their mind or on paper, and honestly it is a great goal. But as a coach who has seen many people be very unsuccessful with this goal, I would suggest breaking this goal into pieces. Make the weight loss the big win. Between now and the big win, set up small achievements. If you are not very active but are wanting to lose weight this year, a small win may be walking 10 minutes per day. 10 minutes, seriously, that is so easy. But in comparison to what you do now, if what you do now is nothing, it can turn into a big win at the end of the year.
Another great small win in 2016 for someone wanting to lose weight may be cutting back on sugary drinks or alcohol. Maybe you aren’t capable of cutting it out 100%, that is fine. But maybe cutting back 2 or 3 drinks per week could really help you get to your big win at the end of the year. Sometimes, when we only have the big win in mind, we forget about the one thousand small things that can help us get there and how important those small wins are.
Now lets say you are wanting to compete in an event. Since a lot of people at the gym are currently signed up for marathons or half marathons, we will use that as an example. Your big win is the final race, but signing up for some shorter races that may help you better understand yourself as a runner can be a small win that really impacts your big win. Often times people sign up for an event 4, 5, or 6 months out and never do anything competitive between the day they sign up and the day of the event. Prepping with 1 or 2 small wins will boost your confidence and may help you run a better race during your “big win”.
The point of this post today is to tell you all to not get worked up on 1 big goal. Accomplishing goals is a process. If you expect to achieve a goal you set in only a few months, then the goal you set may not be very challenging. Find a big goal, set the bar very high for yourself, and enjoy the small wins. Some of us may set goals we may never achieve, but the small wins we accomplish as we strive to get there made it all worth while.
On a side note, I know you are all adults, but write those goals down. There is nothing crazy about having goals. It is normal to people who do extraordinary things to have goals written down. Don’t let 2016 be another year that goes by and in late December you say to yourself, “Damn, I really didn’t improve as a person this year. I didn’t achieve anything. Guess I’ll do it in 2017”. You have 361 days left to begin your journey, make it happen.