Do you remember what your last years New Years Resolution was?
If you're like most people, probable not. You will likely start out strong that first week of January, then as life went on you slowly fell off track and eventually forgot what all you hoped to accomplish.
Until the next January first rolled around and it was time to get back on track.
Truthfully, I don't believe in New Years Resolutions. Instead of focusing on what you would like to change about yourself, I have found that it's best to focus on what you LOVE about yourself and how you can make those great characteristics....BETTER!
If done wisely, resolutions can be great motivators and can even bring out lasting, positive changes.
Statistically, however most Resolutions end up abandoned and forgotten by February. How can you avoid being one of the many who start with good intentions, not only to give up when things get hard?
1. Attitude is everything
For starters, mentally frame your goal in positive light. Think of it as something you want to do, not something you have to do. Focus on adopting new, better habits rather than giving up your old habits
2. Make it measurable.
If your goal is to get healthier, focus on one small goal each month. Like... "In January I will eat 3 servings of veggies each day" - "In February I will focus on increasing my water intake and exercising 3 days per week"... That way you can clearly evaluate whether or not you are reaching your goal
3. Give your goal a deadline
Ideally, your resolution will stick and last forever, but sometimes "forever" can be overwhelming when you are just starting our. Set a time period for reaching your goal (such as a month or 5 weeks) to help keep yourself on track
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4. Be realistic.
Going got too large of a goal is setting yourself up for failure. Baby steps. Rome wasn't built in a day. Instead of resolving to lose 30lbs this year, aim to lose 2lbs by the end of January.
5. Stay accountable
Team up with a friend or family member. Tell as many people as you can what you are going to do. The more people there are to hold you to it, the more driven you are to succeed.
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Finally, don't torture yourself. You very likely have slip ups. You may get off track after a week or 10 days. If that happens, rather than throwing in the towel, refocus and start fresh. Nobody is perfect. Bad days are no excuse for giving up all together.
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