Habits Over Goals

Habits over goals in 2023!

Over the last two years working out, health and fitness have been a big part of my life, so I wanted to share some thoughts.

New Year’s resolutions are one of those things that many people in the health and fitness space have strong opinions about.

On one hand, a recent study showed that after six months, 46% of people that set a New Year’s resolution are still successful in keeping it. In comparison, of those people with similar goals that were not set as resolutions, only 4% were successful after six months.

That would suggest that something about setting a New Year’s resolution makes you more likely to succeed.

That said, you could take it one step further and focus your New Year’s resolution on building a habit instead of reaching a goal to improve your chance of success further. Instead of saying “I want to lose 10 pounds this year,” you could say, “I am going to get to the gym three times a week” or “I am going to get an adequate serving of protein with every meal five times a week.”

Focusing on habits instead of the end goal makes it easier to stay on track, measure success, and build consistency. If you only focus on the end goal, it can be easy to get discouraged because it usually takes longer to reach than you’d like.

So remember — habits over goals in 2023.

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