Most of us have the same resolutions each year: get in shape, get organized, eat healthy, etc. The problem is these resolutions continue to be our resolutions year after year because we are not achieving our goals! You’re not alone; studies show that only about 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions. Learn the secrets of those who have succeeded and tips on how to keep your health related New Year’s resolutions this year!
1. Keep it simple Many people come up with a huge list of goals for the New Year; I want to lose weight, get organized, spend less money, get in shape, quit smoking, spend more time with my family, etc. This laundry list of goals can be daunting and can stop you from even trying. This year keep your resolution list short, pick a couple of your most important goals, and focus on achieving those goals.
2. Be specific
“I want to lose weight,” is too vague. You need specific measurable goals so you can track your progress. Write down your goals and have deadlines with specific goals you want to achieve by those dates. Set up a reward system to incentivize yourself for achieving smaller goals.
3. Believe you can do it!
Your belief in your own ability to achieve significantly increases your chance of attaining your goals. Studies show that people do better or worse on tests based on their own belief in their ability to perform. This is the same with your ability to achieve your resolutions and goals, it is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
4. Set attainable goals
Having a goal to lose 50 pounds can be overwhelming! Set more attainable goals and break them down into smaller goals. Losing three pounds a month can feel much more achievable and reaching smaller goals will motivate you to keep going!
5. Ask for support
Many of your family members or friends are working toward similar goals. Give each other support and encouragement along the way! Plan get togethers with friends based around physical activity. Walk together or try a fun new fitness class. It is always less intimidating going into a new class with a friend! Find a workout buddy; you will be less likely to flake out on a workout when someone else is counting on you to be there!
6. Sign yourself up for an event
Many people have success if they have a major deadline that they cannot change. Signing yourself up for a race will help motivate you to get moving!
7. Track your progress
Studies prove that what is tracked and measured is more likely to improve. Keeping an eating journal and logging your workouts is another way to improve your chance of success.
8. Have an action plan
You need create a plan to help you achieve your goals. If you just say you want to lose weight but have no idea how to accomplish this goal you will fail. Create a plan by breaking down your end goal into smaller monthly and weekly goals.
Best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year! Get going and make this the year that you achieve your New Year’s resolutions!!!