If you’re like most people, you start off the new year with intentions to change some habits, reach particular goals, or generally make positive changes in your life. And, if you’re like most people, you start off strong but those resolutions fall by the wayside within a month or two.
How do we make our new year’s resolutions stick? Here’s some food for thought:
- What’s your motivation? What is your big WHY? What is important to you about making these changes? When we have a strong motivating factor that comes from within, changes are more likely to stick. If we’re doing it for someone else, well, that’s often not a strong enough motivator to make changes that last.
- Set a goal and be sure to make it specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, and time-bound. A vague goal like, “I want to lose some weight” can be made stronger with language such as, “I will lose 10 pounds by spring break.”
- Visualize! See yourself at that new weight, and write out a statement to that effect as if you’ve already achieved it. “I weigh 150, I work out 4 times a week at the gym, and I have tons of energy.”
- Make a plan. Figure out WHAT you are going to do, WHEN you are going to do it, and HOW you will do it. Let’s say you’re training for a 10K. You can’t just strap on some running shoes and go run 6 miles if walking around the block currently tires you out. You need to set up the steps that will get you there. You need a planned course of action.
- Have an accountability partner! A family member, a friend, or a coach. They will pep you up when you’re feeling discouraged, and help keep you on track.
Happy New Year to you and to everyone you hold dear. Celebrate safely, and let’s get on to 2018!