How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions
The New Year is here. You’ve probably made your resolutions and are set to go. But do you have what it takes to stick to what it takes to reach your goals?
I ask because while the theory of reaching a goal is great, most people get the action steps all wrong.
A. They want to see results fast and
B. They attempt to make a bunch of changes all at once.
That combination is a set up for failure. People who go this route, by February or March are already disappointed in themselves and are either on the verge of giving up or have already quit.
Here are some steps that will help you to reach your New Year’s resolutions:
#1. See the work and effort you are going to put in as a long term thing not just something you are going to do for a bit. You want to be consistent throughout the whole year, not just for a few weeks. The best way of doing this is by accepting the journey for what it is and enjoying every step. So embrace and get into it whatever it is that you are doing.
#2. Focus on one or two resolutions at most. If you have 3 or more, it’s probably too much. Realistically, our time is limited. Too much can have you achieving nothing. Instead, focus on the most important objectives first. Once you get use to doing those things regularly to the point that it becomes second nature, you can then add more goals.
#3. Break your resolutions into smaller steps and then once again into even tinier actions that you can take daily. The point is to not get overwhelmed by the big picture. Also, by being able to accomplish each step, it gives you a regular feeling of accomplishment that can keep you motivated to keep going.
#4. Give yourself some credit. People are often too harsh to themselves. They tend to overlook all the good stuff they are accomplishing and focus on what isn’t happening. Each and every time you do something, such as go do the gym, give yourself an emotional pat on the back. It’s important that you be your own cheerleader and even reward yourself when you accomplish certain milestones.
#5. Don’t do it alone. Find an accountability buddy or just share your results with friends even now and then. You can journal your thoughts daily and track everything you do or take this further by finding a mentor, getting a coach or joining a program to find support and guidance.
One of the things that the women in my weight release program tell me is that they enjoy the camaraderie they get from being around like-minded women who are striving towards the same goals.
Working towards similar goals with others not only gives you extra support but it also gives you the opportunity to be a part of something larger. I hope these tips make sense to you.
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