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New year, same old story?


Now the Christmas festivities are over, and life slowly returns to a near-normal, you may be feeling flat, fat and broke with nothing to look forward to apart from 2 solid months of continued murky, windy, and wet winter weather!

The New Year is supposed to be the time when everyone joins a gym, gets their stuff in order, and cracks on with their resolutions, or so we are led to believe. The reality for many of us, is that there is nothing new about the New Year, it’s the same old stuff as last year, just a different number. Not sure knowing which way to turn and lacking the motivation required can leave you feeling disillusioned. But it doesn’t have to be like that! At a time when it appears that everything around us is changing, we should embrace the opportunity to start planning and changing the life you live in order to live the life you will love. To get the process started, consider the following four questions.

What do you want and why do you want it? GOAL

Where are you on this today? REALITY

What are your possible options? OPTIONS

What action will you commit to? WAY FORWARD

This process is will hopefully provide you with an overview of what you wish to focus on and more importantly how much you are prepared to work at it. Perhaps you could work through these Q & A’s with a partner or friend, as they may help you identify areas of strength or weakness and prompt you to be 100% honest with yourself. They may also be extremely useful in revealing new perspectives and possible solutions that will help you create a purposeful and focussed direction. 

What motivates us and drives us forward can help us to achieve our goals; however, when there is a disparity between desire, motivation, and resources available the possibility of achieving our outcome successfully is substantially diminished. Additionally, if we do not believe we can achieve, then we will not succeed and remain unfulfilled. Only by being aware and understanding what is driving our behaviour can we be properly equipped for change in pursuit of a more fulfilling life.

“Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.”

Prior to establishing the Personal Best, Carl Benton taught Physical Education, coached teams, and ran fitness classes for 10 years in the New Forest. Carl was also a regular contributor to Ultra Fit magazine, writing over 40 articles in collaboration with Pete Cohen.

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