Setting goals for the New Year is great, but if you really want to get serious and achieve them then you need help from a coach, mentor or accountability partner
After the excesses of Christmas and a week of relaxation at the beach camping, the last thing I wanted to do on the first day back at home was get up early and head to the gym. Let’s face it, I am still in holiday mode. The sun is shining, most of my clients are still on holiday and there is nothing pressing on the ‘to do’ list so why not chill out, relax; the gym will still be there next week.
Does this sound like you after a break away from home?
So why did I leap out of bed and head to the gym and push my reluctant body to do a weights workout and some cardio? Well, in two days time I had a session with my personal trainer. He always kicks my butt and pushes me to my limits and I know if I don’t get a couple of days of training in first it’s going to be tougher than usual.
I am not telling you this story to get you motivated to go to the gym (but hey, if that is what you get out of this blog; great), the point is, if I didn’t have my personal trainer, I would have procrastinated on returning to the gym and it would have been harder and harder to get back into my exercise regime and achieve my fitness goals for the year.
Prior to Xmas I had made the appointment with my trainer to keep my New Year goals front of mind. I didn’t want to blow a year’s hard work and effort over the Christmas break and a week at the beach. So I still did some exercise just not as strenuous as usual.
It doesn’t matter what it is you want to commit to, losing weight, getting fit, improving your business or your personal financial situation. I don’t believe you can do it on your own. You need a mentor, coach or accountability partner to help keep you on track; motivate you when you feel a bit flat, pick you up and dust you off when things don’t go so well and share the celebration with you when you succeed.
Where do you find people to help you? Depending on what you goal is you might use a professional and pay them as I do my personal trainer. My accountability partner for my business is a good friend also in business we have teamed up to keep each other accountable to our goals. There are also the mentors that you may never meet. Simply reading and following people you admire and can relate to via books, online newsletters, webinars and blogs can also work really well. For example I consider Darren Hardy, Brendon Burchard and Alan Weiss mentors.
So get your goals for the year underway (if you haven’t already) and then go through your network and see who can help you achieve them> Don’t be scared to ask someone to mentor or coach you, most people consider it an honour to be asked.