How to Make 2015 Your Leanest Year Yet

New Year resolutions suck.

It’s all well and good having goals, but the trouble is, we don’t stick to them.

Think about it – how many have you had over the years?

Whether it’s been to take up the guitar, learn Spanish, become a master of ballroom dancing, or, our favorite – lose weight and get in shape – time and time again, we fall short.

So how about, this year, you make your resolutions properly?

You make them so precise, so goal-orientated and so targeted that you simply can’t fail?

Sound like a plan?

Why You Fail

A 2007 study by British psychologist Robert Wiseman found that only 12% of us stick to and achieve our resolutions come the end of the year. (1)

That depresses me.

It means that for everyone who starts January with vim, vigor, and a willingness to change their lives, 88 out of every 100 fails.

For whatever reason, they just can’t summon up that inner strength to make the changes needed to take them where they need to be.

To me, that issue comes down to 3 things –

  • Not finding your “Why”
  • Poor planning
  • Lack of social support

In this article, I’ll help you get all 3 of these right.

I’m guessing, if you’re reading this, then your resolution revolves around losing weight, getting lean and creating your best body ever?

If so, read on, and we’ll make sure we get you there.

Finding Your “Why”

This is just about the most important aspect of any resolution making or goal setting.

The “why” refers to your deep desire for change.

I’m not talking about saying you want to lose weight because you think you should, or because others expect you to – we need to find what REALLY drives you.

You might say you want to lose weight to look better, but that’s not enough.

Somewhere, deep down inside, you feel pain.

If being out of shape and overweight was the norm, and you didn’t feel judged, you wouldn’t really want to change, would you?

Yet, for the standards our society sets, and the way you feel others look at you, you’re not happy about the way you look – and THIS is your why.

Perhaps you were picked on at school.

Maybe people at work talk about you behind your back.

You might feel that you’re not setting a good example for your kids.

Whatever your “why” is – find it, and think about it every single day.

Use the doubters and the haters as motivation to drive you forward, and think back to them every time you feel like slipping.

⚡ Related: Learn How to Make S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Plan Properly 

Do you have a precise plan of action, laid out with daily, weekly and monthly goals to hit your targets for 2015?

No?

Most people don’t – and that’s why 88% of people fail, so let’s look at how we can break it down.

Your yearly goal may be to get a six-pack.

This is cool and perfectly achievable, but it’s not really actionable. What we need to do is figure out a way you can break this down into smaller steps.

Take 3 whiteboards – one small, one medium and one big.

Your monthly or long-term goals and actions go on the big one, your weekly goals go on the medium one, and daily targets go on the small one.

For instance…

Big Board –

– “Get a Six-Pack” might go at the top, but you could also have –
– “Drop to a 32” waist by May 15th (my birthday) and be performing 3 weights workouts consistently each week.”

Medium Board –

– This week –
– “Complete week 4 of “HIIT Max” and give 100% in every workout.”
– “Do my grocery shop by Thursday evening, and ensure I’m stocked up with fresh and frozen fruits and veggies to get me through the next week.”

Small Board –

– Today
– Get a lean serving of protein at every single meal
– Remember to take all my supplements

***IF YOU DON’T HAVE SPACE FOR BOARDS***

I would recommend that if you don’t have the space for the boards, try different sized sticky notes, pieces or paper or something similar – but aim for big, medium, small for whatever you choose.

Hitting daily goals means you’re more likely to hit your medium-term goals, keeping you on track to smashing your overall resolution goal.

Social Support 

Few folk can successfully go it alone.

You need support and structure to keep you going.

You also need the fear of failure, and the thought that others may judge you for not completing what you set out to.

So it’s for that reason that I encourage you to tell as many people as possible about your goals.

Tell your friends, family, colleagues and gym buddies.

Most will be helpful, supportive and encouraging, but even the doubters and naysayers have their use – along with your “why” think about these people almost hoping that you fail, and channel that into your success, pushing you forward to prove them wrong.

⚡ Related: Find Out Why Having a Support System is so Crucial

Go Forth and CRUSH IT

Using these tips and tricks, there’s no way you can finish 2015 NOT in the shape of your life.

Being leaner, fitter, slimmer and sexier.

Remember, if you’re struggling for support, motivation, and encouragement, you can get me through the contact tab, or head on over to the Facebook page.

Here’s to a great 2015, and I’ll see you on the other side.

Oh, and if you need a little ‘kickstart’ – and want to lose 7-11 lbs, safely and naturally, then why not try my Detox Drop system?

It only takes 7-10 days and might be just what you need to start 2015 with a bang. 

References

1. http://www.quirkology.com/UK/Experiment_resolution.shtml

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