Posted on January 31, 2019 by Alex Parry

Full disclosure, I’ve never been a fan of ‘New Year’s Resolutions,’ mainly because the average one lasts about 13 days!  With that said, I do like setting training goals for the coming year so that I have something solid in my mind to build towards.

Put simply, by the end of 2019 I plan to…

Snatch 115kg
Clean & Jerk 140kg
Back Squat 200kg
Front Squat 170kg
Deadlift 220kg

And maybe improve my god-awful cardio at some point too!

Process-Oriented Goals

Now, LOADS of people set goals for the year, but very few people ever actually reach them, because they never focus on the processes required to reach those goals.  With that in mind, here are my ‘process-oriented’ goals for 2019.

1) Train consistently 5 times per week (Approximately 9-10 hours per week)

2) Consistently track my calories, protein and water intake every day

3) Consistently track my sleep amount and quality every day

4) Consistently track my bodyweight every day

5) Regularly train with athletes who are better than me

6) Record all my training data and analyse every month for ways to make small improvements/adjustments

Acknowledging Issues with Goals and Processes

I think it’s important to remember that everything won’t always go perfectly.  Life events happen, bad training sessions happen, sometimes I’ll forget to track my calories or protein or sleep.  What matters is that I don’t beat myself up for it, accept it and get back into the correct processes as soon as possible.  Ultimately what matters is getting as consistent as possible throughout the year.

Prioritisation

I love the quote….

“You can be great at anything, but you can’t be great at everything!”

Which I think is super true.  If I want to be a great weightlifter, athlete and coach then I certainly can’t be a great drinker!  I can’t be great at staying up late.  My knowledge of bars, pubs and cool places in Leeds will have to be pretty non-existent.  And I’m okay with that, because accomplishing my goals will make me SO MUCH happier than a few sneaky drinks.

What goals have you set for the year? And which processes have you set to accomplish them?