2014 is here and everyone is setting New Year's Resolutions, right? Gyms are packed, everyone is juicing and healthy eating is at an all time high. Everyone charges out of the gates strong, but come February, there are less people in my yoga class and empty bags of chips have taken the place of carrots and kale. Unfortunately, we're not judged by our intentions, but by our actions. So, as much as I WANT 2014 to be the BEST year, EVER... it's up to me to make sure I see the carrot eating and Ashtanga (yoga) practice carries through to December. Want an easy way to make those resolutions stick? Enter "The 5 P's."
Proper Planning Prevents Pour Performance. Simple right?
What does that mean? Well, simple. You enter this new year fully prepared to dominate. Set yourself up for success rather than failure. Here are ways to make sure you end the year on a high note.
1) Make small goals. I want this year to be the "fittest" year ever (Yes, even more so than when I was Ironman training) but the goal is meaningless unless I set smaller goals. For me, that means registering for more races and training. To maximize training, I bought a training watch and new tennis shoes. I joined a yoga studio and have a new yoga mat. For class, I have proper attire (yoga pants) and supplements to add to my pre or post-class shake (they're quick to make and prevent me from snacking on junk). This doesn't guarantee that I'll be super fit by year's end, but it sets me up to succeed.
2) Choose one "thing" to tackle. Take little bites. Whether it's learning French or taking up Ball Room dancing, try something new. You don't have to be an expert by year's end, or learn every single dance move and genre Arthur Murray Dance School has to offer, but you do have to start. And enjoy. There was a year I said: I'm going to be vegan, run a marathon, be fluent in French, stop eating sugar, stop drinking coffee and basically be perfect. The last part is clearly a joke, but trying to tackle all of those "things" in one year is a lot and I was setting myself up to fail, not succeed. This year, "photography" is my "thing." While I'm still learning the ins-and-outs, the Nikon d5300 has found a place in my home. A friend and I have talked about taking an intro photography classes. Stay tuned!
3) Do something for you every month. We get one shot at this thing called life. Do something for YOU. A friend said that every month, she goes to the spa and has a treatment, be it a massage, facial or pedicure and that's something that I'm going to adopt this year. On a budget? Check with the beauty counters at your department store to see if they offer a complementary make-up lesson or facial. Chantecaille, the cleansing product I use, offers a complementary facial with the purchase of skin care products.
4) Get organized. There are a boat load of apps out there that promise to maximize your efficiency. Or, if you're like me, write everything down. I have a massive calendar on my desk and a planner that I carry with me, that has everything from yoga class to coffee dates and everything in between. I'm obsessed with my iPhone and iPad, but I would be lost without my planner.
5) Don't think; Just do. Over the holidays, we watched "We're The Millers" with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis -- side note, a hilarious movie and one that we will add to our collection -- where Jason Sudeikis told his "son" to "Count to 3 before you do anything, and then go for it." Later in the movie, Jennifer Aniston's character tells him not to count, just go for it. And she's right. Just do it. Get up and out the door in the morning for a workout. Lay your clothes out and just go. The more time I have to sit and think something through, the more likely I am to waste time and less likely I am to follow through. This works for something as simple as making the bed and doing laundry -- doing it in the moment saves me way more time later in the day.
I've put things in place the first few days of the year to ensure 2014 is as successful as possible. So? What do ya say? Let's do this 2014! What pieces are you putting in place now, to make it a great year?