When you first make your New Year’s resolution, it’s easy to feel motivated and driven to keep up with it. However, keeping up a great new healthy habit for two weeks and keeping it up for a year means two very different things.
This year, don’t just make a great resolution for yourself. Find out how you can stick to it beyond the first month and make sure you get the results you were hoping for. Use the following tips to help you to turn your resolution into a success to bring you pride.
• Be realistic – This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t set your goals high, but make sure they’re not so high that they are – or feel as though they are – unattainable. Have a clearheaded look at what you want to do and how you want to reach that goal.
• Understand your motivation – You need to make sure you’re doing things for the right reason. If all you want is bragging rights or to throw something in someone’s face, it’s not going to be enough to get you to a long term goal. Think harder and dig deeper to understand the positive and sustainable driving force behind what will keep you going from day to day and week to week.
• Come up with shorter term goals – You may want to lose 30 pounds in 2018, but next December and that thirtieth pound are quite a long while away. Instead come up with a new smaller goal to aim for each month. Your longer term goal can remain the same, but give yourself something to shoot for that is closer to where you currently are. That will help keep you motivated because you’ll always have a fresh goal to create, pursue, achieve and celebrate.
• Keep your goal focused – It is easy to want to overdo it when you’re getting a fresh start at the beginning of the year, but trying to achieve too much at once might mean that you won’t stick to any of it at all. Telling yourself that you want a healthier lifestyle with a whole new way of eating, regular exercise, and that you’ll visit your grandparents more, phone your mother more often, declutter your home, floss every day, quit smoking and do yoga every evening is a fast way to tell yourself not to get out of bed in the morning. Take a gradual approach, focusing on the highest priority goals first.