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Developing a 12-Month Schedule

It’s challenging to go from writing one word each day to completing a novel, losing 30 pounds, finding a romantic partner, and financing a trip to Egypt. The first step is simple, but creating a cohesive plan is a little more challenging! How can you do it?


1. Remember that you prioritized the list of changes you’d like to make. That’s the first step. You simply work your way down through the list. When you’re successfully working toward one goal consistently, it’s time to add in the next priority.


2. As a rule, you can add in a new priority each month. If a habit takes longer than a month to become automatic, that’s okay! Continue to focus on that one habit until it becomes automatic. Even 3-5 changes over the course of a year would be very significant.


Imagine if you:

  • Found your perfect partner

  • Found a your perfect job

  • Got in great shape

  • And had one great adventure

When was the last time you had a year this good?


3. Create a rough schedule. Find a calendar and make some notes on it. Avoid tying yourself down, as it’s impossible to predict your progress. But get a rough idea of what you can accomplish in a year.


4. Set priorities. Choose the few items you’re absolutely committed to accomplishing this year. Four items equals one per quarter. What will you have accomplished by March 31st, June 30th, September 30th, and December 31st?


Maybe you have a goal that will require 12 months, but what milestones will you have reached by these target dates?


5. Stay focused on your habits. Getting in shape is little more than 2 habits: eating and exercising effectively. Learning to speak Russian requires studying the language regularly. Many successes aren’t complicated if you focus on the proper habits.


6. Avoid overwhelming yourself. What have you accomplished in the last year? If you’re like most people, not much. A few changes are a huge improvement over your past results.


7. Visualize the new you. Imagine how you’ll look, think, and feel at the end of the year. Get excited. Keep coming back to this picture when you’re struggling. If you think about how much you hate eating oatmeal every morning, you’ll never make it. If you’re focused on how great you’ll feel at the beach this summer, the year will fly by.


8. Reward yourself handsomely for significant results. If you reach your quarterly goals, do something nice for yourself. You’ve earned it!


Be patient. A year can seem like a long time to wait. Focus on today. Tomorrow will come. Stringing together enough good days is the key to success.


“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important

as what you become by achieving your goals.”

- Zig Ziglar


Yes, you can accomplish a lot alone, but with the help of a highly skilled coach, you will have the accountability, experience, and support to accomplish all of your goals. Get started with a free consultation to find out if Mavericks Fitness is a great fit for you.



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