"You see your hard work paying off quickly, and that gives you the motivation and drive it takes to make changes."

By Faith Brar
Updated: January 01, 2018

We love your ambition, but you may want to focus on "micro goals" instead of massive ones, according to Katie Dunlop, fitness influencer and creator of Love Sweat Fitness. (Related: The #1 New Year's Resolution Mistake Everyone Makes According to Experts)

"It's not enough to just say "I'm going to do ____." You need to build a plan to make it happen and the best way to do that is by setting micro goals," she wrote in a recent blog post. (She knows a thing or two about achieving goals. Read more about Katie Dunlop's weight loss journey.)

She explains that micro goals are basically smaller more attainable goals that will help you reach your larger goals successfully. "We all want to feel good, especially when we're making changes that can be challenging," she says. "Big goals usually leave you feeling anxious and upset because it can take a long time to see results. Micro goals allow you to get that sense of immediate gratification. You see your hard work paying off quickly, and that gives you the motivation and drive it takes to make changes."

To set these "micro goals," Katie notes that it's important to keep your current lifestyle in mind. "Yes, we want to make changes, but if you set a goal that is completely unrealistic, you won't stick to it. Set smaller, more attainable goals that will allow you to really start to see just how strong you are. Start with one thing that seems a bit easier and add on from there." (Here are some other ways to set resolutions that you'll actually keep.)

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