How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions FINALLY Stick This Year!
Let me guess…every year, you make the same resolutions over and over again. Shouldn’t you be making new resolutions to challenge yourself to go further? When you’re making the same resolutions each year, that means you’re not really doing anything about them, are you?
It’s not easy to make a change, even if that change is going to benefit us in the long run. Getting started is the hardest part. Proclaiming the change is easy. We all stand there at midnight on New Year’s Eve, clinking our glasses together and cheering on the changes we’re going to make. We’ll lose weight! We’ll finally start up that small business we’ve been talking about since we graduated college! We’ll read more books! Take more walks! Eat better! LIVE BETTER!
But somehow for many people, these things peter out by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around. Please don’t bury your head into a box of chocolates in defeat. I’m here to help you make good on your New Year’s Resolutions so that they finally stick this year. What will you resolve to do better next year? Let’s worry about that next January. For now, we’ve just hit 2018, and I hope you’ll incorporate these tips to make your resolutions stick with weight management and keeping a healthy lifestyle, as well as any other things you hope to accomplish. I’m here to cheer your success!
- Tell your resolutions to someone who will hold you accountable
If you’re serious about making changes in your life, then you need to treat your resolutions seriously. Some people use Facebook to hold themselves accountable so that everyone in their friend list can see when they go to the gym and what they eat. This is good, but go one step better. Tell your best friend or your parents what your resolutions are and make sure they follow up with you often to help you along the way. You can also hold yourself accountable. Write down your resolutions on a bright paper and tape them to your bathroom mirror. Constant reminders keep us focused and remind us why we’re going for better in the first place.
- Avoid doing too much simultaneously
This is the year! You’re going to stop all the bad habits and finally make things right! But going for too many changes all at once can be too much and often leads to a crash and burn effect. The best way to success is to set a timeline for your goals. For example, if you’re trying to eat healthier, start by first cutting out processed foods. Then the next week, make another healthy eating change. For exercise, don’t push yourself over the edge at the gym the first week. Set gradual goals that you can hit. That way you’ll feel the progress that you’re making and be more inclined to keep it up.
- Really enjoy those mini-goals
They say it’s not the Destination but the journey itself that is the best part. As I just mentioned, it’s so important to set those little goals like steps up along the way to your overall goal. Don’t just focus on the end goal. The whole process is one of learning and growth. You can’t expect to go from never working out a day in your life to being an expert weightlifter overnight. Pace yourself and focus on this journey in order to achieve your best results.
- Give yourself a mental break
With better overall health, the best thing you can do is to remember to take care of your mind too. Stresses eat at us from all angles. Sometimes those stresses are good ones like an upcoming wedding, trip or a new job promotion. Other times the stress is bad such as an unpleasant work situation or relationship issues. But using these things good or bad as excuses to go off track is not going to help you feel any better in your mind. These things are all part of life and there isn’t going to ever be a time in your life when you’re not stressed one way or the other. The key is learning how to handle that stress by clearing your mind. Take the time for yourself to meditate, take a walk in the park and admire the natural surroundings, read or write, or find something else that helps you find your center.
- Raise the bar
When we’re trying to make positive changes in our lives, it’s not easy. When obstacles come up, it’s all too easy to make an excuse or say we can’t do it. But the thing is we CAN! When you hit a plateau with your plan for healthy eating, weight management and exercise, you may feel compelled to give up. But don’t! I’m here for you! You’ve got to raise the bar and keep going up instead. Shake things up with a new exercise, try a new healthy recipe to keep you motivated on your proper eating habits, and find other ways to make it work.
Why is it important? Because YOU are important! Stop looking at yourself in the mirror in a negative way. Those angry thoughts you feel because you didn’t make the change before need to stop. Say something nice to yourself every day when you get up and look in the mirror. And continue to be nice to yourself by doing what you said you would.
It’s not easy to stay on track for the New Year, but that’s why I’m here. You can count on me to hold you accountable and help you step through those difficult times. I know what it’s like because I’ve been there before. It wasn’t easy, but I made the change for myself and I’m so happy I did. Now I want to be there for you because I know every bit of motivation and inspiration is the key to making your resolutions stick!