A new year means resolutions for many, whether it’s to lose weight, run a half marathon, quit smoking/drinking/eating sugar, save more money and on and on. Unfortunately, resolutions like these often rely on huge, sudden changes that most of us are unable to stick to, which is why most fail.
My favorite article related to goal setting speaks to why this happens. Essentially, we focus a lot on goals, or end results, but don’t commit to the processes or “systems” required to get there.
One of the many examples resonates with me as both a runner and an endurance running coach: “If you’re a runner, your goal is to run a marathon. Your system is your training schedule for the month.”
This may seem obvious, but my fellow coaches and I often find ourselves stressing this over and over: you must put the training in if you want to complete the race (or hit a PR and avoid injury). Over and over, though, people skip out on midweek runs and cross-training, relying only on weekend long runs. This is a recipe for disaster but also a surefire way to fall short of your goals.
Now, don't think you're alone in this. I’m going to follow my own advice and commit to a few systems I think will work for me and what I hope to accomplish this year. While these are still in progress, one of my end goals is to cook more at home. This has always been a challenge for me because I haven't planned properly. So, to reach this end goal, I'm creating a system that involves weekly meal planning, grocery shopping and prep to make it super easy during busy weeks.
With consistency, cooking will become a habit and even enjoyable instead of a chore. As an added bonus, eating more nutritiously and saving money will also be much easier!
What goals do you have for 2016 and what processes do you need to commit to in order to make them happen? Would love to hear from you!