How to keep your New Year’s Resolutions
New year, new you! If you’re like most people, you’ve used the new year as a starting point for improving yourself. Maybe you’ve joined a gym, started eating healthier, or decided to kick a bad habit. But if you’re like most people, you’ve probably found yourself struggling to keep the goals you set. Some people have even accepted the breaking of New Year’s resolutions as inevitable. Here are five tips to make sure this year, you’re part of the group that finds success on the road to self-improvement.
1. Set measurable, realistic goals that focus on the process, not the ending.
A typical New Year’s resolution might go: “I’m going to exercise more.” But when? How often? It’s easier to stick to a goal if you know exactly whether or not you’re on track. That’s why I like to have my personal training clients set measurable goals for the processes that will get them to their end goal (such as how many times they’ll exercise each week). That way, we can hold them accountable as they go.
A good goal might sound like this. “I’m going to run three times each week until I can run a 5k.” With this goal, you know exactly what you’re shooting for and what you need to do each week to get there.
2. Write your goal down and put it in a place you can see it
Write your goal down on a piece of paper and sign it. Put it in a place you can’t miss it, like the bathroom mirror. This will remind you of the commitment you made to yourself, even when things get hard.
3. Have an accountability buddy
Make sure you have someone to hold you accountable! This can be a personal trainer, someone you regularly go to the gym with, or just a friend you talk to about your goals and progress. Making changes all by yourself is hard, so make sure you have a support system!
4. Understand that off days will happen, and don’t let them throw you off track
You’ve met your goals every week for the past month, but today you finally broke your resolution. At this point, you have two choices: you can give up and let this ruin your efforts, or you can remind yourself that tomorrow is a new day and you can get right back on track.
It’s going to happen. When it does, pick option two! Don’t let one bad day (or even several) be more important than all the good days! Recommit to yourself and get back on track. You’ve been doing great, and you’ll be amazed at how far you go if you just roll with the bad days instead of letting them ruin your plan.
5. Rely on a commitment to yourself--not motivation
Motivation is temporary and fleeting. Commitment will take you much farther. Think about it: how often do we get out of bed in the morning because we’re motivated? More likely, we get up and go because we made a commitment to be somewhere. The same applies to New Year’s resolutions. Commitment will take you farther than motivation ever could, so make a strong commitment and get ready to stick to it!