How many times have you proclaimed your New Year’s Resolution only to make it half way through the month and BAM! Just like that you’ve broken it.
==> According to U.S. News, approximately 80 percent of resolutions fail by the second week of February.
We have all been there – Like you, I always have high hopes that a new year will prove to be a new beginning. It seems to be the day that so many goals are set. Why can’t we achieve these goals? What stops us? Are we just complete failures? Are setting goals useless? I mean what’s the point?
How? How Can This Year be Different?
- Set smaller, more realistic goals. If you plan on exercising more then start off 3 days a week, don’t go “gung ho” and try 7 days a week – it’s not realistic to keep that going long term. Don’t start on January 1st by cutting carbs entirely, start off smaller – give up desserts for now. Remember your mind set has to change, it’s not a diet – it’s a change of lifestyle.
- Remember those bad habits weren’t created overnight nor will breaking those bad habits. It’s going to take time, keep it simple – one thing at a time.
- Don’t go it alone. Talk about it with a close friend, join a work out class or other support group. Maybe a group at work is quitting smoking. Someone to go through the journey with, experience the ups and downs and help hold you accountable. Plus you may feel more of an obligation to stay true to your goals.
- Be gentle with yourself. You can’t expect perfection all of the time so don’t beat yourself up if you eat a brownie, just get back on the horse and “rezoom” – don’t just give in to one err, commit to your goals again and get back to it, pronto!
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you really think you may need help, even professional help, then make an appointment and get that help. They can offer a strategy or help you adjust your goals so you can continue to excel.
- Write it down. Keep a daily journal, this will help keep you on track and remind you of what your trying to accomplish.
- Reward yourself when you meet your first small goal. It’s important to keep the momentum going. This may excite you for the next small goal and keep rewarding yourself when you accomplish them.
- Put yourself in charge. These achievements are under your control – other people can advise and support you but it’s your actions which need to change to see the results you want. Having a strong sense of control over your life is necessary to stick with your plans. Those who blame everyone and everything apart from themselves will not have the resources needed to change. Yes, it’s scary to take responsibility for your future, but surely it’s better than the alternative?
- Your Resolution should be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound.