Most people do not set goals with the intention to immediately fail them. Somewhere inside us, we have a true desire to reach what we penned. After years of failing to meet my New Years Resolutions, I FINALLY learned the secret to creating the perfect goals!
I had worked for TV Celebrities Chris and Heidi Powell from ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss for two years at this point. They’re known for helping 18 or so contestants each year go through jaw dropping transformations, losing almost half their body weights (some as much as 250 lbs) in a single year!
KNOWLEDGE ISN’T ALWAYS POWER
I knew the ins and outs of their program, their philosophies, and could explain “promises” (aka goals) to just about anyone. But, I struggled keeping many of my own health related goals.
So, you know the drill. New Year’s Eve. Set a goal to get healthy or lose weight. Get all excited to start fresh. “This year it’s going to be different,” you cheerfully quip to yourself.
You make it to January 3rd and bam! You blow it. Your head tells you that you’ve already ruined your “perfect” diet record so you should throw in the towel. And for most of us, we do. I know. I’d done it for more years than I cared to admit (along with millions of Americans!) Things were about to be different.
Setup for Disaster
We were finishing up a photo shoot New Year’s Eve morning and as I prepared to leave Heidi and Chris’ home, I made some off-the-cuff comment about my “perfect” New Year’s Resolutions that I’d set.
Well, I should have known better that to even bring up the subject with someone like Chris, who together with Heidi, are masters at coaching people to their health goals.
So, I rattled off my most magnificent goals on how I was going to totally revamp my life:
- Give up diet soda
- Go gluten free
- Drink 100+ oz of water every day
- Work out 5x a week.
- Follow the Powell’s Carb Cycle diet
Aren’t those amazing goals? After 2 years with Chris and Heidi, I had the knowledge and tools to do this, this time! I was so proud of what I had planned and then, Chris gave me THAT look and just kind of shook his head. It was that look of “what on earth are you thinking!?!?!?”