5 tips for sticking to your New Year resolutions
Updated: Jan 11
It's that time of year. The turning over into a new year, new possibilities. The time of year when we all come up with our unique series of resolutions. "This year I will lose 10 pounds!" "I will eat better." "I will spend more time with family." "Get more organized!" "Save more!" Yes, it's the time of year when the gym parking lot and the treadmills are packed (until late February, when many fall off the wagon!). Yes, a time of so much possibility and opportunity. "This year I'm going to do it!" "This year I will stick to it!" "Nothing will stop me!" That's right, this year you WILL be successful. This year you WILL commit to being a happier and healthier you. YOU CAN DO IT! "But, how?" Start small. If you've already made your New Year list, take another look. Really evaluate it. Prioritize. Ask yourself:
What's most important?
How BIG are my goals?
What commitment will my goals take (time, resources, etc.)?
What am I willing to do to fulfill my goals?
What's your "Why"? In other words, why do you have the goals you do? Is it because it's what you truly want?
Based on your answers, pick your Top 3-5. Be realistic. Yes, because if you're going to fulfill your goals this year, you need to be honest with yourself and you need to COMMIT. You are the only person that can hold yourself accountable. It's up to YOU! So, how do you hold yourself accountable? There are a number of ways. You know yourself best. You know what will keep you going. If you're not sure, try out a few things and then stick with what motivates you. Here are some ideas:
Create a "Vision Board." Use your fridge or other areas around your home as your "Vision Board" --a place to make your intentions, your goals, VISIBLE. There is proven power in this method as a motivator. What you see, you become!
Put up pictures of yourself when you felt your best health-wise. (No, not pictures of some underweight model from a women's magazine).
Type/write your goals or other motivators out on a piece of paper and place each goal in various areas around your home, in your car, at your desk at work, etc. Example: "I am making time for my health today." Put it up on your bathroom mirror.
Create a poster that includes images and words that motivate you. Place it somewhere visible.
Start each day with a recap. Revisit your goals. Every. Single. Day. Start your day by going over your goals and make the commitment right then for how you will work toward your goals that day.
Reflect at the end of each day. Try journaling. Grab a notebook and write down what you've eaten that day, your workouts, or just general thoughts about your day. Address your goals. Journaling is a great way to keep you on track and to also help you see your progress. There are some great wellness journals out there that can also help! Or, meditate. Take a 10-15 minutes to sit quietly and reflect on your day and your progress toward your goals. Envision yourself at your best; see it, feel it.
Connect with others. Whether you join a gym, an online group, sign up for a class, or gather among friends, the feeling of community can be very helpful in bringing you closer to your goals. It's amazing what a little encouragement can do and, yes, the accountability factor! A friend and I would meet up at the gym some mornings and, for us, it was easier to get up and go knowing that we were relying on each other. That workout partner is also great for the extra push!
Reward yourself. When working toward your goals, know when to give yourself a pat on the back. For example, allow yourself a "cheat" day --you've eaten healthy all week, treat yourself to a yummy frozen yogurt at the end of the week for a job well done.
You can do it. You can make your resolutions a reality. Are you ready? Yes, you are. Let's go!