Resolutions and Goal Setting – Do it YOUR Way

Whether you embrace New Year’s resolutions or you shun away from them and call them goals, you have to admit, there’s just something about a new year. January 1st feels so fresh, so new, so squeaky clean and so full of possibilities. We’re sharing a few different ways to set goals. Choose the one that’s best for you, because if you want to see success, you’ll need to do this YOUR way. Here are some goal setting methods that have worked for us in the past:

  • SMART goals

What does SMART stand for? Here’s a refresher: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound. The point of making SMART goals is that they’re exactly spelled out. You either hit the goals or you don’t, and they ensure that you’re setting them in a way that can be achieved.

  • Fitness events

This was definitely one of our goal setting methods in 2013. Last year Katie did the Ride to Conquer Cancer and Morgan did Warrior Dash. We’re both signed up for Warrior Dash 2014 and are eyeing other races too. Having a date to work towards and knowing the skills you need to work on give your workouts and training an extra focus.

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  • Bucket Lists

Make a list of things you’d like to try that are good for your health this year. For example, you might want to buy your first vegetarian cookbook. Maybe you’d like to join a running group, hire a personal trainer, figure out how to use your slow cooker, start taking vitamins, try your first yoga class, buy a bike, or go hiking. Whatever sounds exciting to you, write it down and cross off every item once you complete it. We recommend documenting it with pictures and tagging them #WildlyFit so we can cheer you on!

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  • Theme words

Choose one word for this year and let it guide you for the next 365 days. Every morning before you get out of bed keep your eyes closed and recite a mantra that includes your theme word or just repeat the word five to ten times. When you feel off track in your day take some quiet time and breathe while thinking through your actions in relation to your guiding word.

  • Inspiration / Vision boards

Not so into the lists? No problem, you creative creature you. Get some magazines and scissors and start visually representing what you want for yourself this year. Or try a Pinterest board. (If you don’t want to share your Pinterest board with all of your followers check out the instructions on how to make a secret board).

  • Pie Charts

Oops! How did this photo get in here? Pie chart, not pecan pie. Mmmmmmm pie.

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The pie chart method of goals is not as popular or well known but, we promise it will get you thinking about priorities. You’ll need to draw two pie charts. The first pie chart will represent how much time you’re currently spending on certain activities and the second pie chart will represent how you’d like to spend your time. Use a week at a glance and think about the average amount of time you spend doing things.

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For example, if you are currently sleeping 6 hours a night you would fill in 1/4 of the pie chart with “sleep”. But if you’d like to spend more time sleeping you can increase that area on your “how I want to spend my time” chart. Activities that you’ll want to think of:

  • work / school
  • family
  • social
  • alone time
  • self development
  • sleep
  • exercise
  • meditation
  • watching tv / internet surfing
  • commuting

Remember, everyone has the exact same 24 hours in a day. Let’s make 2014 the year we spend time on the things that best serve our spirit. Everyone has different priorities, write down what matters to you. Don’t feel guilty, and work everyday on devoting time to what is important.

What kind of dreams are you dreaming for this coming year?

Setting a health and fitness goal or resolution this year? We are so excited to announce our START WILD January Health and Fitness Program. The program will be released on January 1st and we’ll all start together on Monday January 6th. 

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21 thoughts on “Resolutions and Goal Setting – Do it YOUR Way

  1. December 30, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Great list ladies! I’m a big fan of vision boards lately. But good to know there are so many other methods out there!

    1. December 30, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Have you made one for 2014 Danielle?

      1. January 5, 2014 at 11:31 am

        I made 3!

  2. December 30, 2013 at 6:54 am

    BIGBIGBIGBIGBIGBIGBIG ONES.
    HUGE.

    1. December 30, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Love it!!!

  3. December 30, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I LOVE that idea of a pie chart!!

    1. December 30, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Brittany let us know if you try it out :)

  4. December 30, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Can’t wait to post my goals on Jan 1st. But first… where is the closest bakery with pecan pie!?

    1. December 30, 2013 at 11:24 am

      Haha – actually that piece of pie is from Wanda’s in Kensington

  5. December 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Love the flexible approach to the whole New Years resolution concept! Also that pie chart idea is genius!

  6. Jacky L
    December 30, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Need to try to eat healthy while meeting my weight goals for 2014!

    1. December 31, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      I happen to know a very qualified trainer who could get you to your goals if you’d only listen to her ;)

  7. December 30, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I need all the help I can get creating goals! It had been awhile since I’d been to your blog, Morgan, and I like this new name/look! I’ll have to bookmark you guys in Bloglovin!

    1. December 31, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks for coming to the new site Ericka :D

  8. December 30, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I love these ideas for setting goals and making resolutions. I really love the pie chart idea and not just because I love pie. I definitely struggle with allocating time, etc. PS I LOVE your new look!!

    1. December 31, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Christine thanks so much!

  9. December 31, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Amazing article, thanks Morgan & Katie! I definitely have an issue with creating specific goals for the new year, so this year that’s exactly what I’m going to do!

    Have an awesome 2014!

    1. December 31, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks for all of your support with our business this year Chris. Happy New Year :)

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  11. January 4, 2014 at 2:14 am

    I love the idea of a pie chart, especially since I’ve tried everything else!

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