The new year is only three days away and as the calendar turns from December to January many of us find ourselves desiring change in 2017. Have you created New Year’s resolutions in the past and then failed to see them through. Maybe you were super enthusiastic in January and February but lost sight of your goal by March or April. Do you want to achieve more success this year? If so, read the tips below. Then commit to creating a resolution that you can achieve.
1. Create One Well Defined Goal
In order to stick to a resolution you must first create one. Think of an achievable goal and create one very specific, well defined objective to reach it. Avoid creating a general goal like “lose weight.” Instead wrap your head around a specific plan. Do you think you need to eat better or hit the gym to meet your goal? Maybe you think you need to do both, but this year just focus on one of those changes. That may seem counter intuitive, but it is difficult to change multiple aspects of your life all at once. It is a whole lot easier to choose one change to focus on at a time. So create one specific goal, like I will eat healthier meals three times a week or I will hit the gym twice a week. The more specific the goal the more likely you are to achieve it.
2. Share Your Goals
Find someone who can help keep you accountable to your goals and yourself. Find a friend or family member who can keep you on track whenever you want to waiver. Ask them to call, text or email you once a week to see how you are doing with your goal and offer to do the same for them. Your goals don’t have to be the same. If they resolve to relax more this year ask them when they carved out time this week to do so. If you want to lose weight they can ask how many calories you burned or how long it took you to run a mile.
3. Schedule Time To Meet Your Goals
If you don’t schedule time to work out you won’t get any closer to losing weight this year. In order to meet your goal you will need to carve out a chunk of time on your calendar. So look over the next few days, weeks and even months and set aside time before your schedule is overrun with other responsibilities. Carve out the time so you don’t make excuses to skip out on it. Consider purchasing a calendar from Shutterfly that you can display prominently on your refrigerator. Add pictures of your friends and family who will support your goals and provide you with the motivation to continue. Write down the days you plan to workout or eat well and buy some bright stickers to add to the calendar when you meet the goal for that day.
4. Accept Failures
If you eat dessert more often than you should or fail to make it to the gym don’t get down on yourself about it. A lot of people begin feeling guilty for failing and when they stumble once they see no reason to get back up to try again. Don’t let yourself give up so easily. If you can’t make it to the gym one night consider completing push-ups or sit-ups at home. If you are too sick to exercise accept that you’ll skip this week and head back to the gym as soon as you can.
5. Reward Yourself
When you make measurable progress towards your goal pat yourself on the back and then give yourself a reward. In the beginning create a lot of small rewards that help you feel good about your hard work. The rewards don’t have to be extravagant or expensive. Maybe you want to buy a new workout shirt or simply set aside time to watch a new movie on Netflix. Set bigger rewards every three or four months to encourage you to keep pressing ahead.
What is your New Year’s resolution? Did you choose an achievable goal for 2017? Then use the tips listed above to stick to it!