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Crazy-stupid New Year’s Resolutions

This is an email that I received through the week from a guy called Ryan Deiss. Initially it looks like it is poles apart from the SMART goal concept from the last blog, but maybe not so much…. read on! Ryan writes:

I don’t know about you, Russell… But I hate New Year’s Resolutions… For one, they just don’t work.

Think about it…how many resolutions have you actually kept past January 31st (or even January 3rd, for that matter)?

But the worst thing about “resolutions” is that they make us feel like we have accomplished something just because we have “resolved” to do it.

But RESOLVING to do something and actually DOING SOMETHING are two very different things!!

So instead of making another resolution that you know you won’t keep, do this instead…

STEP 1: Set a crazy-stupid goal for yourself for 2019… something so big and exciting that it can’t help but get you out of bed each morning.

It’s a fact: Most people drastically overestimate what they can accomplish in a week, but they drastically UNDERestimate what they can accomplish in a year, so come up with something really big you want to accomplish in 2019 and write it down.

STEP 2: Make a 12 month plan. Once you’ve established your crazy-stupid goal, break down the actions needed to accomplish that goal into monthly “chunks”.

Don’t get overly granular with this. We all know “life happens,” so decide on one or two things you can accomplish by the end of each month and commit to incorporating it into your daily and weekly task list.

That’s it! I know I should probably come up with a third step or something like that, but really, there isn’t much to it. The key is you must have a goal that’s big enough to keep you excited all year, and then you MUST break it down into simple, easy-to-follow steps that will get you to that goal.

So if you dissect it, he is still talking about SMART goals, but in an exciting ‘let’s dream up a really big cool goal that will get us excited’ way, but the key is breaking it down into chunks. And planning.

I suspect it would work better with some activities and goals than others – working this way with persistent pain might not be as effective eg if the goal was ‘I want to be painfree and climb Mt Everest by the end of the year’ might be going a bit wild. But who am I to say what can’t be achieved?

You would do well to read the previous two blogs on New Year’s Resolutions!

Call us on 8356 1000 if you need help with goal-setting, planning and how to work towards your well-being goals with exercise.

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Russell Mackenzie
Russell Mackenzie
Russell is a physiotherapist and clinic owner in Adelaide, South Australia. He received his physiotherapy degree from UniSA in 1994, and has since also become a Credentialed McKenzie Therapist. Russell is the co-owner of Adelaide West Physio + Pilates and more recently, Adelaide West Headache Clinic, which was formed after becoming a Watson Headache Certified Practitioner to show his dedication and passion for headache and migraine treatment. Russell also aims to spread the word about the role of physiotherapy and non-surgical methods of helping persistent pain, low back pain and other conditions. Learn more about Russell on our About Us page.
Russell Mackenzie

Russell Mackenzie

Russell is a physiotherapist and clinic owner in Adelaide, South Australia. He received his physiotherapy degree from UniSA in 1994, and has since also become a Credentialed McKenzie Therapist. Russell is the co-owner of Adelaide West Physio + Pilates and more recently, Adelaide West Headache Clinic, which was formed after becoming a Watson Headache Certified Practitioner to show his dedication and passion for headache and migraine treatment. Russell also aims to spread the word about the role of physiotherapy and non-surgical methods of helping persistent pain, low back pain and other conditions. Learn more about Russell on our About Us page.
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