Monday, January 5, 2015

New Year, New You | Setting Goals & Sticking to Them

So excited to have the gorgeous Logan Lester sharing her tips on health, fitness and setting realistic goals for 2015! Logan goes to Texas A&M (where I went - whoop!). I've followed her instagram account for awhile now, and I love how motivating and encouraging she is - plus seeing all her cute outfits doesn't hurt either! She really is an awesome inspiration and role model.

Its that time of year again where most of us take time to reflect on our lives. The “New Year” is here, and I have one thing on my mind, goal setting. 2015 means new year, new goals, new dreams, and new ways to inspire myself to get to where I want to be. Did you set a new years resolution last January? Setting goals gives me a long-term vision and a short term motivation. It forces my acquisition of knowledge, and helps me to organize my time and my resources so that I can make the most out of my day. Setting goals and keeping goals are two different things. It is important to choose your goals carefully so your changes will stick. Why is it that New Years resolutions are typically abandoned? Lets take a look at a few ways that you can set goals and stick with them. You owe it to yourself to get on a path that will you help navigate your goals and make your dreams come true. 

Create Your “Big Picture”.

This first step is all about choosing what you want for your resolution and for the right reasons. This should be a time of deep reflection. Maybe you already know what you want or maybe you need to go on a walk by yourself to discover what you truly want to make happen this next year. 

Create a Plan.

You need to decide if you are truly willing to make your resolution a reality. This is where I bust out the paper and pen. I personally like to divide my “big picture” into short term and long-term goals. The short-term goals should be the smaller steps that make your long-term goals more attainable. During this process you need to prioritize your goals and also set deadlines. Establish a higher level of commitment and focus that pushes you toward you end result.


It is very important to tell your friends, family, co-workers, whoever is in your inner circle, about your goals. Otherwise, who is going to keep you accountable? Letting other people know what you are trying to achieve will push you to make strides every day towards your goals. It will also motivate you to keep going on days you’d rather not. 

Reward Yourself For Progress.

I am ALL about this. It is so important to be your own cheerleader. Sometime, all we have is ourselves. You can’t always rely on your inner circle to motivate you, keep you accountable, or remind you of your vision. That’s why I think it is a great idea to reward your self for the small steps of progress along your goal journey. Be proud of your accomplishments. At the end of the day or week, take a look at what you have achieved and throw yourself a party!!!!!!

When you feel like quitting think about why you started.

This is SO important. I think we all tend to lose sight of our intentions during this process. It is beneficial to reevaluate and re-motivate your goals along the way, but try to remind yourself why you began in the first place. What prompted you to start this journey in the first place? If you feel that you are losing sight of this or your goals are headed wayside, try to go back to the place it all began. Tap into those feelings of inspiration and empower yourself to KEEP on going. You will only regret the steps you didn’t take towards your end result. 

Logan Lester

"Every time I want to quit, I try to remember how awesome I will feel when I push through that tough workout. I was always taught that nothing worth having comes easy. If you want something, YOU have to go get it and earn it. So keep on going when you want to quit."

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