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By Dr. Abby Ruby

As the New Year begins, it’s time to reflect on the past year and decide how you’d like the next 12 months to flow. Many people focus on resolving to change something – positive or negative. I suggest setting goals, instead. Goal setting allows for modifications and simply provides a place to aim. Good luck and Happy New Year!

How to set goals for 2014:

Step 1: Take stock of what went well and what didn’t go well in 2013.


Step 2: Establish your current baseline

Figure out where you are TODAY- this is a very important piece of the puzzle, it is the first piece of data you will need to work towards your 2014 goals.

Step 3: Find a calendar and create a timeline
Pick a goal (a race, competition or simply a measurement date) and mark it on the calendar.

Step 4: Create short-term goals that will help your forward progress towards your ultimate goal.
Incremental goals help keep you on track as you move towards your larger objective. Make sure those goals are measurable.

Step 5: Evaluate your goals:

Remember though, goals are more than outcomes. Goals require action and integration. Who do you need to be in order to achieve your goals? What characteristics do you need to succeed? Break down each goal into manageable bites so that each and every day you feel as though you are taking steps to reach your goals.
Dr. Abby Ruby is a practitioner at The Vitality Center at Vail Mountain Lodge. She is a USA Triathlon Level II Coach, a NATA-BOC certified athletic trainer, a CISSN Sport Nutritionist, a RYT Certified Yoga Instructor and an author (In Sickness and In Health: Exercise Addiction in Endurance Athletes). Dr. Ruby offers group and one-on-one coaching options, including: nutrition counseling, optimal performance strategy, life coaching and sports psychology. Call 970-476-7960 for information.

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