The New Year is the perfect time for New You! Almost everyone makes New Year’s resolutions because we all have goals that we haven’t accomplished for one reason or another. The new year is a great new starting place that refreshes our motivation to accomplish those goals. Whether it is weight loss, spending more time with our friends, getting a better job, or something else, many people fail at accomplishing those resolutions, but they don’t have to! These tips will help you succeed when it comes to your New Year’s resolutions:
1. Set a Measurable Goal, With a Defined Completion Date
This is the most common error in setting New Year’s resolutions. Common goals include “I will lose weight this year,” or “2019 will be happier.” While losing weight or being happier are great goals to have, resolutions like this are bound to fail. Here is why:
First, if something isn’t measurable you won’t know once you’ve achieved it, and it is very hard to monitor your progress. Using weight loss as an example, set a number of pounds you wish to lose.
Second, if an end date isn’t selected the goal can seem like a never-ending goal and it may even seem unattainable. Using weight loss again, set your goal to lose X amount of weight by X date. Don’t just say “in 4 months” pick an actual date and mark it on your calendar.
A successfully written resolution might look like: “I want to lose 20 pounds by April 16”
2. Come Up With a Plan
Once you’ve set what you want to do, and how much time you have to do it, now it is time to decide how to do it. Start by making a road map with checkpoints. If you’re going to lose 20 pounds by April 16, how are you going to lose it? Determine if a Daily, Weekly, or Monthly plan is appropriate for your resolution. From there write out a game plan, the more detailed you are, the more likely you will be to keep it.
Instead of “I’m going to workout three days a week”. Write “I’m going to workout on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week from 6:00 am – 7:00 am. On Monday I’m going to do 2 sets of 20 pushups, 3 sets of… On Wednesday I’m going to do….”
If merely planning out your success is too much work, how are you going to stick to your resolutions? This may seem like a difficult step, but it is an important one.
3. Have an Accountability Buddy
This one is simple. Tell a friend or family member about your resolution. The knowledge that someone you care about will be weighing in on your progress will help keep you accountable. If they’re willing, ask them to check up on you. How will it feel to have that conversation each week and get the reassurance as you get closer to your goal? Great! How will it feel if you have to explain why you aren’t? Not so good…
That is why this is so important.
Stay tuned for our next post with even more tips to help you keep your New Year’s Resolutions: New Year New You Part 2!
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