Did you know that only a very small percentage of people who make New Year’s Resolutions actually keep them? And did you know that the #1 resolution has to do with weight-loss or fitness commitments? Here is an easy and foolproof system to ensure that you make realistic resolutions, and keep them!
8 Steps To Sticking To Your New Year's Resolutions
- What exactly is your resolution, and WHY is it your resolution? Get clear on the WHY so that the "how: will be easy.
- Instead of committing to totally transforming your life, think about one or two major focuses you’d like to have in the new year. It takes 12 weeks to form a habit, so make sure you are only committing to one or two changes at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed or discouraged.
- Look at your past history. Have you tried this resolution in the past? Has it worked or not worked? Why? By reflecting on past resolutions and commitments to yourself, you’re able to analyze what went wrong and how this time can be different.
- Make sure your goal is realistic, attainable, and sustainable. Are you trying to lose 20 pounds in one month and haven’t worked out since 1995? It’s not realistic to commit to working out seven days per week when you haven’t worked out in over 20 years. Start off slow and steadily.
- Map out a plan, day by day, on how you will achieve this goal.
- Write out concrete action steps you can take and track everyday that will help you reach your goal.
- Get a support system – a friend, spouse, or coach who will celebrate with you when you succeed. Check in with these people, update them on your successes and difficulties.
- Celebrate each day’s successes with your support system and by journaling your successes!
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