I am a sucker for New Year’s Resolutions. I think the new year is the perfect excuse to finally break a bad habit, or two. The problem we face is that one month into the new year, everyone returns to their daily routines and we lose any motivation we once had to change. Conversations move to new topics and slowly we all forget we even had a New Year’s Resolution. I created my top tips to make sure that this year you actually meet your resolution.
Hint: it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Write down little goals that will add up to help you accomplish your resolution. If your goal is to lose 10 pounds, then think about what it will take to lose the weight and keep it off. This can start by going to the gym 2x per week for two weeks, then 3x, then 4x… you get the point. Having little goals that you can meet throughout the year will keep you motivated enough to keep working towards that final resolution.
Create monthly reminders on your calendar, phone, and email. Write as many reminders as you want to keep yourself accountable. I suggest creating alerts on your phone and writing them down on a calendar/planner. Any kind of friendly reminder you have throughout the year to keep you on track will help. Plus, writing something down will make you more likely to accomplish it.
Tell all your friends and family. The more people who know about your goal, the more people can keep you accountable. With any goal, it is important to have a support system around you. This tip goes both ways, make sure you help your friends and family stay on track with their goals too.
Pace yourself. If you don’t meet your resolution by May, don’t give up. A New Year’s Resolution is just an excuse to start working on something new, but that doesn’t mean that when the year is up you will completely forget about all the hard work you did to change. These resolutions will eventually become habits and that is what the resolution is all about, creating healthy habits.
Find someone with the same goal as you, because it will be a lot easier if you do. If you have someone with the same goal, then you can work together to achieve it. The more people you can talk about your resolution with, the better. You might even make a new friend.
Use aggressive words when describing a goal. This is no joke. Stay away from phrasing your resolution as “I hope to…” or “I want to…” or “If I do this then that may happen”. By using this type language, you are setting yourself up for failure. Instead, you need to use phrases such as “I will…” and “when I accomplish…”. By changing just a couple of words, the phrase moves from a possibility to a truth. I meet my goals whenever I do this, so take it from me that it works.
SMART Goals. First things first, if you haven’t heard of smart goals let me break it down for you. A goal is only successful if it is SMART. This means that it’s specific to you. It is measurable, meaning you can easily tell if you are progressing. The end goal needs to be attainable, so be realistic with yourself. Finally, it is relevant and time-based (meaning you can hit milestones). The difference is this,
“I want to work out more”
“I want to consistently workout 4x per week by July and 5x per week by November”
See the difference? If you are not familiar with a SMART goal, I recommend you watch this. By having a SMART goal, it will make your resolution much easier to hit.
Let me know what your New Year’s Resolution is below and what you are going to do to make it happen!