“Start with the possible and move to the impossible.” Tom Redmond

It’s the last day of 2015. Most people are deciding right now what their “wish list” for 2016 looks like. January 1 is the big day- it’s the day we finally decide to take action and change our life. We have all of our wishes lined out in our head just waiting for the ball to drop in New York. Next thing you know we’re going to wake up Saturday morning and bam… We’ll blow our resolution and we’re back to the same old routines.

Why do I know all the details? I’ve done this over and over again. It wasn’t until I learned how to properly set goals and take action to get that I finally changed my life. So here are my 5 steps to making this year different so you can start making the changes you need to make, right now!

Set BIG GOALS!

Dream big and don’t second guess what you really want. The bigger the goal, the harder you’re willing to work to get it. How much do you really want to lose 5 pounds? It’d be nice, but will it really make a difference? Probably not. What if you changed it to wanting to lose 50 pounds or run 5 miles? Would this get your blood flowing a little faster? A bigger goal is more likely to keep you engaged. A big goal is also a great test to what you really want. If you aren’t committed 110%, you need to find a new goal.

Write it down!

You know what your wishes are. Now write it down and put your goals where you can see them, every day and preferably multiple times a day. I use multiple vision boards to help me focus on my goals and dreams. A vision board is like sitting down with the old Sears catalog before Christmas. Remember circling all the stuff you wanted and cutting out the pages and posting them on your wall? This is exactly what I do. If I can dream it, focus on it and consistently take action toward my goal- I will accomplish it. Don’t be afraid to dream like a little kid again. Those who tell you your dreams are too big, have given up on their own futures…

Break your major goals down.

Take you top goal and find 5 “mini” goals that will help you accomplish the “big one”. These mini goals are designed to help you reach even the toughest goals. The mini goals could be small steps you need to take or they could be ways to show you how you’re progressing toward your major goals. My personal example can be seen at the bottom. This is how I have broken down my major 2016 running goal with my steps to success.

Set up a reward.

No matter how big or small the accomplishment, you’ll need a carrot. I prefer to set up my reward based on what external motivators I think I’ll need to stick to my plan of action. It could be something as small as a piece of chocolate for hitting your mileage goal for the week. It could be as big as a new pair of Altra Running shoes after you hit monthly mileage goal. Don’t be ashamed to reward yourself for small wins because each small win moves you closer to your ultimate goal!

TAKE ACTION NOW!!!

Don’t wait another minute, start taking massive action toward your goal right now. If you get stuck in planning mode, you’ll never start taking action. If you think too much about your goals, you’ll start to second guess yourself and will give up before you start. The only thing you need to know right now is what you want to accomplish and what direction to start moving. Take the 1st step toward your goals and you’ll find your way. Stay focused on your goals. It’s not going to be easy and you will want to give up at some point. Don’t give up. My #1 reason for a vision board is so I can see my goal set in concrete. I know there is no other option than to reach my goal. It may take me a week, a month, a year or even 4 years to reach that goal, but as long as you stay focused and committed to your goals, you will accomplish them! Be great today and start taking action, NOW!

Notice when these are read, they read as if they are already completed. Imagine me reading these 3-10 times per day, every day for 9 months. Where do you think I’m focused? Do you think it’s easy to sleep through my 4am alarm when I know I have to face myself in the mirror and read these aloud at 4:15am? Where you focus is where you will go!

2016 Running Goal

I have completed the Silver Rush 50 at Leadville

I have completed the Sheridan, WY 32 mile Trail Race. 32 miles for my 32nd birthday.

I have completed the Colfax Marathon.

I have completed 6 20+ mile training runs by May 1st, 2016

I have completed Cross Training routine 4 times a week every week beginning October 15th, 2015

Best of luck to you in 2016 and beyond! Please share your journey with me, I look forward to seeing how far you can go!

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