6 Secrets to Success: How to Reach Your Goals This Year + FREE Dietbet Entry

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Out with the old, in with the NEW! It is officially a New Year…which in my book means a New Rear, a new chapter in this book called Life, and a New YOU. While the possibilities are always bright and endless, there is something about the thought of a fresh start that will give us the kick in the pants we need to get moving on our dreams and goals AND to help our little family members reach their dreams and goals as well.

Since “weight loss”? is the number one New Year’s Resolution each year, I felt it was only appropriate to pair Goal Setting and Resolution Q&A with a chance to win a FREE entry to our DietBet so you can give yourself the kick start you need to reach those goals once and for all!?So just for you?all of my thoughts, crazy ideas, and New Year’s rituals in one post. And if you’re here JUST for the FREE DietBet entry, you can do one of two things: 1. Scroll immediately to the bottom and enter, or 2. Read my New Year, New You Rituals below that just may indeed inspire you to actually?stick to your Resolutions this year!

Questions I’m asked go something like this…

Q: RITUALS: Do you have anything you do at the?end of one year and the beginning?of the next?

A: Yes! Because I try NOT to just rely on New Year?s Resolutions to get my buns in gear, I focus my efforts throughout the year on keeping the resolutions/goals made the previous year. And when I fall (because we all do), I get back up and start again. Fall down 7 times, get up 8?and you win.

BUT, that being said, at the end of each year?on New Year?s Eve, actually?our family and friends gather at our home to discuss how the last year went, and we talk about what we?d like to change for the upcoming year. We then write our thoughts and resolutions (as many or as little as we would like) on lanterns that we light and send up into the sky at midnight. By doing this, we are, in essence, sending our intentions out to the universe. We are making commitments to something so much bigger than ourselves because we all know that silent commitments are broken promises waiting to happen. Not only do we rely on our friends and family around us to hold us accountable, but we know the universe (and God) is watching and cheering us on too.

One of the coolest parts of this ritual is helping the kids participate. They seem so young (ours are 11 all the way down to 3), but they are never too little to start making small promises to themselves. And what better time than the New Year!

Along with the end of each year comes Christmas break. I will not let Christmas break happen without a DEEP clean of my home. Like, I mean purge 90% of our belongings and the kids? toys!!! Not only is this making space for what?s to come, but it?s also necessary that we declutter our lives. A messy home filled with too many possessions equates to a messy mind filled with too much chaos.. I?ve never been a ?keeping up with the Jones’ type,? so I?m trying to teach my kids the same. Less is MORE!!! And by forcing ourselves to focus on the basics?on our human needs, really?we are able to keep our paths and spaces clear into the New Year for all of the wonderful opportunities and things to come. It?s hard for ?new? to find its way into your life when you have SO MUCH ?old? taking up space.

This doesn?t only go for material possessions?this goes for intangible things as well: goals, feelings, emotions, etc.

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Q: How do you approach the New Year??

A: Chris and I take time to reflect on the past year and dream about the new year to come. We do this individually, as a couple, as a family, and with friends and those we coach. We KNOW the value of having goals and setting a plan to implement those goals. Just as an organization requires weekly, monthly, and annual meetings to ensure goals are being reached and everyone is on task, we need them personally, as a couple, and as a family as well. If we don?t know where we want to go (and evaluate it often), we?ll spend our days and years spinning our wheels and becoming aimlessly busy. What a waste!!!

In all of these settings, we reflect on these questions:

  • What did we do well in the past year?
  • What could we have done better?
  • Did we reach the goals for the year?
  • Are we on track to reach our goals that spanned beyond the year?
  • If so, what do we need to do next year to stay on track?
  • If not, why? Where did we go wrong?
  • What lessons did we learn from our failures this last year?
  • What lessons did we learn from our successes?
  • How are we behaving in our lives, both personally and as family members? What needs to change?
  • Is our family unit and marriage in a healthy place?
  • Are we living up to our potential? Or could we do better?
  • Are we living in a way that we can be proud of ourselves when we are on our deathbeds?
  • What NEW goals do we have for the upcoming year?
  • What is it going to take to reach them?
  • How can we help those around us reach their goals as well?

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Q: How do you figure out what’s working and what needs to go in your crazy busy life?

A:?By asking myself (and each other) the questions above, we can get a pretty good idea of what needs work in our lives. But also, as?a busy working mother of 4, I can usually tell on a daily basis what needs to change just by acknowledging where my biggest stresses are coming from. If I feel a pit in my stomach constantly for a couple of days, I know it?s time to identify where it is stemming from and figure out how (or if) I can change it.

Also, ANY TIME our family unit has a disconnected feeling, and/or one of the kiddos seems to be struggling in life or at school, I KNOW it?s time for me to take a step back and re-prioritize. It?s too dang easy for us to get caught up in the minutia of life and to keep our heads down working so hard for our family?s future. Because of this, I will often miss out on what is happening right in front of me. As much as I hate to admit it, it can take a struggle or a challenge to remind me to get my head up where it needs to be. Accomplishing dreams is important, but nothing is more important than giving the kids the love they need to accomplish their dreams and live a happy life.

Q: What are some of the tools and tips you use to?set your goals each year?

A: I make SMART goals each year. To be a SMART goal, each goal must have these five components:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Time-bound

As long as the goal fits into this framework, and it?s not ambiguous, it?s fair game in my book. In an effort to help the kids reach their own goals, I try to encourage them down the same goal setting path.

The ONE thing I would add to this is that the goals we choose MUST be something we are passionate about. If passion doesn?t exist, the goal will not be reached. End of story.

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Q: How do you advise your clients (ME)?in this regard?

A: I actually give them?or you?the same goal setting guidelines! It?s important that we set goals, but we must set goals that are smart AND that can be accomplished. Now this doesn?t mean we shouldn?t set scary goals. We DEFINITELY should!!!!! Setting goals that pull you out of your comfort zone will nudge you to begin living the life you deserve, not the life you feel stuck with. I also encourage people to track their progress on a regular basis. Ask yourself every week if you are doing what you need to do to reach your goal. If you are not, make adjustments and keep moving. Put one foot in front of the other, never give up, and you WILL reach your goal!

Q: What is Dietbet? And how can I win a FREE entry?? **Giveaway is closed**

A: Ahhh, I knew you would ask! ;)?If you?re not familiar with how DietBet works, it?s simple: Bet $30 on THE MOST important person (you, of course!), lose 4% of your body weight in 30 days, and split the pot (which is continually growing, BTW) with all of the other winners. Awesome, right? It?s like getting paid to lose weight! Get all the deets here. And here?s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment below and tell me about one of your New Year?s Resolutions. And to make it really real, tell me one promise you?re going to make to yourself to help you achieve this goal!
  2. Make sure you?re following me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and then like this post on any of my channels. You can even share it if you feel so inclined. 😉
  3. You have until midnight, Wednesday, January 4th, to enter, and winners will be announced and notified?on Thursday, January 5th. Don’t worry, you’ll still have plenty of time to play AND win!!

Some of my favorite fitness finds for the New Year:

 

Happy New Year!

Xoxo,

Heidi

Related reading:

Reignite Your Fire to Achieve Your Goals!
Transformation Tip: Accountability Calendar
5 Steps to a Powerful, No Fail, New Year?and Beyond
How SMART Are Your Goals?
Stressed Out?
It Really Is All About the Promise

100 Responses

  1. Hi Heidi! My birthday is in November and I just turned 48. I always buy myself a gift, but this year I am giving get myself the gift of health and fitness. I have ever never been much higher of one to exercise and I am overweight. Feeling myself becoming weaker and less stable, I have ever decided it is time to truly transform myself. New eating habits, new fitness habits! My biggest obstacle will be overcoming deeply rooted bad habits, the worst being always putting myself as the lowest priority. I have followed you and Chris for years and it’s finally time to take the leap and make the changes. When I turn 49, I will be a healthy weight and will exercise 6 days a week. I will love myself enough to take care of my health and make eating healthy one of my highest priorities. It’s time and 2017 is my year!

  2. One of my goals is to lose some weight and tone up!! I have promised myself that I will make my health a priority!

  3. I am resolving to grow my muscle which will result in getting my body lean. A promise I make to myself is to allow myself grace and always get up. Never give up.

  4. To make myself a priority! I always do everything for everyone but I’m important too! So I have made a promise to myself a priority with more activity (exercise) and to cut soda out of my life!! Xoxo

  5. One of my New Years resolutions is to get out of the 300s and into the 200s and to hit the 100 pounds lost mark. I’ve always come close and then ended up gaining the weight back. This year I am determined. I have a son who is one and a half and he needs his mom around to be able to keep up with him.

    A promise that I am making to myself is to do my first half marathon. Ever since I saw Meredith Run the Niagara Falls Half, it’s been my dream. This year I am actually registered for it and following my dream to do that race.

  6. Heidi!
    I am currently a college student studying elementary education and mental performance. I want to bring health and energy and power into the classroom. I want to teach kids of the power they have inside them because many won’t ever learn this at home. I know I have to practice what I preach. My resolution is help others feel empowered this year but I know I need to do that by finding the power inside me first. (I have a smart goal written out on my vision board) but I won’t write the whole thing here. I want to be at my goal weight by May 23rd. I have been saying this for a while so this is my promise this year: I promise to take the leap and find the power I have inside myself to do this! Love following you! I hope to made a difference like you and your hubs.

  7. One of my resolutions is to love myself even though my body is far from what I want. I don’t mean that I won’t work on it, but I need to learn to love my body at every stage so I can appreciate the changes I am making to it. I hate looking in the mirror but it’s about time to understand my beauty and that I am just improving my health while the great stuff naturally follows.

    Game plan: Every time I look in the mirror I am going to remind myself of this resolution and have it written on the mirror. There is a lot of thoughts that will help, just taking the time to think of my body and remember it’s beauty even with its perfections.

  8. I love that you’re doing this! One resolution I have for this year (besides weight loss 😉 ) is to make the time I have with my kids more meaningful. It’s SO hard being a mom and feeling like you’re “winning” or succeeding at being a parent. Always trying to keep up and make them feel loved… sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the “things” instead of what they really need, which is quality time and memories! I promise to put down my phone, stop the computer, forget for a minute about how messy the house is or what I need to get done, and pay attention when they need it most… when they need to show me a picture, ask me the same question for the millionth time, play cars and trucks, color a picture, or tell me about a boy! I promise to pay attention to the small things more often because let’s be honest, they’re actually the biggest!
    Thanks for all your great motivation Heidi!
    IG: @pearlsofcolor

  9. One of my new years resolution is to dedicate more time to myself. As a mother, wife, working a ft and pt job it is difficult to take care of me. I will achieve this by dedicating 30 minutes of my day to doing something i enjoy. My husband who is my best support is on board to help me in keeping my promises. Just yesterday he sent me away. Lol. He said “go do you” and i went to Starbucks, had a tea and read a book for 45 minutes. It’s the little things that feel good. I am following you on all accounts and shared too. If i win i would like to pass on my entry to my sister.

    1. Hi Alejandra: You’re one of our winners! Please send the email address used for DietBet for you (or your sister if you’d like her to have the entry) to: [email protected] Congratulations!

  10. My goal is to get better at my diet. More protein and veggies less cookies. I plan on doing meal prep to keep me on track! I would also love to learn more on macros from you 😉

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