How to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions
You’ve set your New Year’s resolutions and this year you are set on achieving them. This is the year: you’re going to start working out, you’re going to eat healthier, you’re going to spend less, and you’re going to learn something new. Great! But how do you sustain your resolutions beyond January?
The first few weeks are easy. You’re excited, motivated, and ready for change; then things come up, life happens, and your resolutions take the back seat. You fall back into routine – into ease and comfort.
It’s hard to bring change into your life. That’s why only 8% of people successfully achieve their New Year’s Resolutions. The first step to keep on track is always confidence. Believe you can and you will. You will achieve your goals. You will succeed because your success depends on you and only you. Circumstances morph, evolve, and transform, but circumstances always exist. Accept your situation and figure out how you will succeed in spite of it. Follow these five steps to help you stay motivated and conquer your New Year’s Resolutions!
Set Realistic Goals
- You should always challenge yourself to grow, but like a tree, we grow over time with plenty of sunshine & nourishment. Break down your goals step by step and understand how you will reach your targets; and give yourself a healthy amount time to rest and recover so you don’t burn out. Running a marathon is overwhelming, but running 2 miles a day is not. Start off small and build your way up.
Make Committed Decisions and Value Your Goals
- Set goals you are keen on achieving. We all have those resolutions we add onto our lists just because. If you know you aren’t passionate about those goals and don’t have time to devote to them, then don’t add them to your list. Focus on the ones you truly want to achieve.
- It’s easier to stay motivated when you surround yourself with like-minded people. For those challenging goals, team up with a friend and hold each other accountable!
Write It Out
- Plan out your days every morning so you have an idea of your schedule. Set aside time for your workouts; if your goal is to eat healthier, allocate time to prep your meals so you don’t resort to unhealthy eating habits. The point is to visualize and actualize your tasks. Seeing them on your calendar makes them concrete.
Vary Your List
- Include short-term and long-term goals. When goals seem too distant, they fall out of focus. Out of sight, out of mind. The key to happiness is a series of small successes every day. Do something today that will help you in the future. Maybe you want to be more focused this year. Set a series of daily goals that will help you stay focused in the long run: wake up early, stay active, etc.
Remember, the key to your success is you. Whatever success means to you, be confident that you will achieve it. Set challenging goals and create a plan to reach those goal. This is your year! Take control.
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