As I do at the beginning of each year, I recently reviewed a number of articles on setting and meeting fitness goals for 2014. As an aging runner, I still have visions of improving my 5-K times. No matter what cardio equipment I try, I have to admit that plain old- fashioned running remains my favorite exercise. Running has been my habit for many years.
As I read articles on setting goals for 2014, I was amazed at the number of times authors mentioned that the key to success is making whatever action you select a habit. This concept applies equally to professional work goals and personal fitness goals.
If you set a goal to run three times a week, then you need to run three times a week. Not two times and not six times, but make the three times a week your habit.
If you set a goal to make five sales calls a week, then you need to stick with your plan of making five sales calls a week. Not two calls and not twelve calls, but make the five sales calls a week your habit.
According to the research, the body and the mind understand and adapt to habits–whether the habits are good or bad. New Year’s Resolutions are only kept 8 to 10 percent of the time. Once established, habits are much easier to maintain than resolutions! Let’s make 2014 a year of good habits rather than quick to forget resolutions!