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Studio Owners Tell All: 10 Tips for Setting, Keeping and Crushing your Goals

The buzz of the New Year is behind us, and it’s getting to that time of the month where our attention begins to turn away from the resolutions we set for ourselves. We don’t mean to lose touch with them, yet struggle to stay focused on them. If this sounds all to familiar, then keep reading.

We asked our inspiring, and dedicated studio owners from across the country to share their most reliable tips for setting, keeping and crushing New Years resolutions and goals.

10 tips to make 2018 your strongest year yet!

1. Go to Bed

The Bar Method Solana Beach - Barre - Get enough Sleep “Getting enough sleep directly impacts my productivity the next day. My magic number is 6 hours to be the best version of myself the next day. I never fall asleep on the couch. As soon as I catch myself getting bored with TV or mindlessly scrolling on social media for too long, I shut it down and go to bed. Even if I’m not tired, I put myself to bed with a good book or journal and within minutes my mind and body starts to relax and I’m fast asleep in no time.”

 – Jessica Bowman  The Bar Method Solana Beach 

2. Use Your Planner

The Bar Method Southlake - Barre - Goal Setting “I write my goals for the month in the side column of my planner. I don’t try to overwhelm myself with ‘yearly goals’ – but rather I ask myself, “What do I want to accomplish personally and professionally this month?” Then I make a checklist. I found in 2017 this made owning/teaching/having a life more doable!”

– Erin Bulcher  The Bar Method Southlake 

3. Reduce Processed Sugar

The Bar Method Denver - Barre - Goal Setting “I’m always trying to reduce processed sugar in my diet, but I grew up swimming and my diet was carb heavy, so that’s what I crave. I discovered Monk Fruit, a concentrated, 0 calorie, natural sweetener. I have 2 small bottles, one for home, one for the studio. It is expensive and hard to find (I buy from Amazon), but it has lasted a long time. I use for sweetening coffee, tea, and smoothies.”

– Sarah Stabio The Bar Method Denver-Stapleton 

4. Change Your Password

The Bar Method Palos Verdes - Barre - New Years Resolutions “For the past several years I pick a word for each year that I filter through all that I do that year. I make the word my password for different things, have it on my office desk, write about it in my journal, etc. I try to stay focused on that word all year. My word last year was elevate, as I was trying to be really focus on elevating various elements of my business and relationships. I can’t tell you my word for 2018 because then you would know all of my passwords, but it’s a good one! Choosing this word of the year helps me make sure all of my actions align with my higher level values and goals.”

– Leslie DeHoff The Bar Method Palos Verdes 

5. Set Realistic Goals

The Bar Method Los Angeles - Barre - Goal Setting “My advice is to set realistic and trackable goals. General, unspecific goals are so easy to forget and often lead to feeling  like you’ve failed. By tracking a goal on a daily or weekly basis, it’s easier to see how much you’ve progressed or what tweaks you need to make. If  want to set a long-term goal, figure out a way to break it into smaller, more actionable chunks to get you there.

– Amanda Herman  The Bar Method Los Angeles – Marina Del Rey

6. Change One Thing at a Time

The Bar Method Atlanta - Barre - Goal Setting - New Years resolutions “I think the biggest piece of advice I would give is take your resolution one step at a time. Look to change one thing in your daily habit (i.e. add hot lemon water to your morning routine, or make Mondays your first day to shake at the bar each week). Once you feel that new habit has been set, move on to he next. Be patient and revel in the success of adding the new habit.”

– Melissa White The Bar Method Atlanta – Lenox & The Bar Method Atlanta – East Cobb

7. Set a 3 Week Goal

The Bar Method Tustin - Barre - Goal Setting “Commit to a workout and schedule for 3 weeks. They say it takes your mind and body 21 days to form a habit. Once it’s developed, it’ll be second nature and you won’t have to think about it. Determine a workout schedule that works for you vs. against you. Sign up for your classes at least one week in advance and stay committed to that new habit for at least 3 weeks. Soon after it becomes part of your routine and you’ll start to see the results and feel great!”

– Verna Lin Le The Bar Method Tustin

8. Make Eating Breakfast Easy

The Bar Method Wayne - Barre - Eating healthy breakfast “Eating a healthy meal to start my day sets the tone for the entire rest of my day. I make a double batch of steel cut oatmeal on Sunday. Every morning before I head out to teach the 6:15 am class, I put 1/3 – 1/2 cup of cooked oatmeal, a scoop of all natural peanut butter (or almond butter), and a healthy dose of cinnamon in a glass Tupperware dish to eat on the go. Apples are in season right now, so I slice up half of an apple and place on top before I heat it up. It’s healthy, delicious, and good for the belly and digestive track…and the cinnamon is great for inflammation among many other things. You have to set the tone for your day!

– Erin Murphy The Bar Method Wayne

9. Change Your Mindset

The Bar Method Plano - Barre - New Years Resolutions “Your health is an investment, not an expense. Change your mindset from thinking your  membership as an indulgence or something extra. It’s vital to your wellbeing. Think of it as an integral investment in your longevity, your energy, your joint-health, your stamina, your stress levels, your youthfulness!”

– Marin Van Vleck The Bar Method Plano 

10. Add Greens to Your Smoothie

The Bar Method Westfield - Barre - Smoothie Recipe “I’m obsessed with this easy and delicious power smoothie. This smoothie makes it easy to incorporate enough greens into your daily meal plan…especially when you’re limited on time. I even have my kids drinking it every other day!”

1 ripe banana

1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

1 cup frozen mango chunks

1-2 cups raw spinach

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk

– Lori Roche Terry The Bar Method Westfield

 We hope these pro tips help you stay focused on your 2018 goals and resolutions. Leave us a comment below with what’s working for you! We’d love to know how you are planning to make 2018 your best year yet!

About The Author Jessica Bowman