It’s the last day of the year – of the decade, even – and people are filled with the desire for change.

And why not – a new year is a good opportunity to draw a line and decide on what you want the next year to bring.

But where people often go wrong when it comes to their new year’s resolutions, is that they have no action plan. And not only do they have no action plan, but they make big, dramatic, all-or-nothing resolutions that are often so restrictive or outrageous, they’ll never stick to them.

So let’s try something different this year, folks.

Instead of ramping up the cardio to excessive levels and cutting out all your favourite food groups; or deciding to do something equally as dramatic and vague in your personal and professional resolutions – I want you to make some intentions.

So what does that mean?

It means I want you to think about what your intentions are for 2020. What do you want to get out of the year? Where do you want to be? Who do you want to be.

Make intentions that align with your core values.

Ask yourself the difficult questions.

If you’d like a hand working out how to go about making these intentions, I’ve created this free resource for you. It’s just a few questions getting you to think about what you want and what you can actually do to get there. Fill out the form and get the answers sent back to your inbox.

Once you know what you want, you need to decide on the path you want to take to get there.

Be as specific as possible.

Saying: “I want to deadlift 120kg next year” for instance, but not having a plan for how you get there, makes it infinitely less likely you’ll reach that goal.

So let’s do it together using that example, so you know what I mean.

  1. What are you currently deadlifting?
  2. What can you do to get from X to 120kg?
  3. How many times a week can you train deadlift?
  4. What programme can you follow?
  5. When will you test? Will this be more than once?
  6. How will you optimise your diet and lifestyle to help you reach your goal?
  7. What things can you do daily that will help with that?
  8. Who can you recruit to help you?

The more you understand your goal and your intentions, the easier it becomes for you to make a plan. The more specific your plan is, the easier it will be for you to get there.

Without a plan, your new year’s resolution is just a wish.

Nobody gets anything by just wishing for it. You need to make it happen.

And you can.

So use this quick 2020 goals helpsheet I created and think about those questions I used above when you’re coming up with your action plan.

And if you found this helpful, please do share it with your friends. The more people I can help this year, the better. That’s one of my 2020 intentions!

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