It’s almost time for those ‘New Years Resolutions.’
Without delay, let us get into the top new years resolutions tips to help you guarantee success this year. And the first tip is critical to your success:
Be Realistic: This is the thing that you absolutely must start out with. If you are not realistic about your new years resolution, you are setting yourself up for failure.
For instance, if your new years resolution is to lose 40 pounds in the next 3 months, that is a very big goal. Why not aim a little lower (say 20 pounds) and then when you reach that goal, set another.
Create a Plan: It’s not enough to make a new years resolution on New Year’s Eve and then wish for success in the new year. You have to think your resolution through and create a plan of attack. In fact, the earlier you start that plan, the better.
For instance, if you are trying to exercise more, create a workout schedule that is both realistic and easy to incorporate into your life. Even better, get a friend to workout with so you stick with your plan.
Tell Others About It: When you keep your resolution a secret, it is easy to just ignore it and not stick with it until you are successful. If you tell your friends and family members about it, they are not going to let you off the hook – they are going to ask about your progress and help motivate you to achieve your new years resolution.
Keep a Journal to Track Your Progress: When you write down your progress daily, it is easy to stay motivated and when you see your progress.
Sometimes you cannot see how much you have accomplished because you are weighing yourself daily or staring at that pile of bills, but by reviewing your journal, you will stay motivated because those small accomplishments will begin to pile up.
Do It For 21 Days Straight: Habits are formed after 21 days, which means that you have a higher likelihood of achieving your resolution if you do something toward your resolution for at least 21 days.
According to a recent survey of that looked at how people were keeping new years resolutions, the following is a breakdown of those how many resolutions are kept over time:
past the first week: 75%
past 2 weeks: 71%
after one month: 64%
after 6 months: 46%
As you can see, if you can keep it going for just 21 days, you will make it into that group of people who are sticking with their resolutions, while everyone else goes back to their same old self they have been wanting to change forever. Do NOT let that happen to you!
And if you do find yourself slipping up, take the next tip to heart…
Failure is Only Temporary: Expect and plan for setbacks. Sometimes when we’re trying to do something new or change something about ourselves, we have a set back.
Do not let it de-motivate you or bring you down. Just charge ahead with that New Years Resolutions and pursue that goal of yours until you are successful. You need to go easy on yourself and try not to beat yourself up over the slip ups along the way. Just get back on the “horse” and charge ahead toward achieving your goal.
Have Fun and Celebrate: Resolutions are supposed to be something that you WANT to do, not HAVE to do so have some fun with it to stay motivated and you will find yourself wanting to exercise, eat less, pay down bad debt or do whatever your resolution is.
Celebrate by buying yourself something little that you have been wanting to buy or indulge in your favorite dessert if you have lost your first five pounds (just don’t celebrate too much)!
The statistics say that only about 5 to 20 percent of us keep our New Year’s resolutions (what number you believe depends on what source you look up). The biggest area of failures are around diet fitness resolutions.
Do not let the statistics stop you from pursuing a new years resolution this year. When you follow the above tips for new years resolutions, you will easily fall into the 20 percent of people who achieve their new years resolutions! I hope these tips for new years resolution success have helped. Now go take action on your resolution!
Until next time, keep moving and stay positive,
Brandon Jenkins NASM CPT