Happy Monday! I hope you are having a fabulous start to your 2017. I know it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged… sorry about that, I’ve been working on a project that I will be releasing soon. Follow my blog to hear about it first!
It’s that time of year again – when thousands of people make promises about things they are resolving to change or do this year. Unfortunately, most of those people will fail to keep their resolutions. But that doesn’t have to be you! Here are 5 ways to make dead sure you achieve your goals this year.
(1. Pick reasonable goals. This might seem obvious, but you need to choose goals that you KNOW you can keep. If you are 100 lbs. overweight, vowing to be a size zero by this time next year is a very big goal, bordering on impossible. If you have been eating 5 desserts a day for years, suddenly deciding that you are not going to have any sweets this year is setting yourself up to fail. Instead, pick extremely reasonable goals. That way, anything beyond the initial goal you set will be an added bonus! Take an honest look at your resolutions – how many of them are actually attainable?
(2. Only set 1-3 goals for yourself at a time. The more things you resolve to change in your life, the less likely you are to actually accomplish any one of them. It’s better to give all your focus to one or two areas than to try to change everything at once.
(3. Take it one day or week at a time. A year from now can seem like a very long ways away when you are trying to keep resolutions. Focusing on the day or week ahead of you instead of the whole year is a lot less overwhelming.
(4. Make a clear plan for yourself to follow, then follow it. To achieve any goal, you have to know exactly how you are going to get there. Otherwise you will just keep going like you are now and nothing will really change. Map out a clear plan. Get help from someone you trust. Write it down, and then follow it. As the quote goes, “It’s actually pretty simple. Either you do it, or you don’t.” Make a conscious choice every day to do your part to follow the plan, especially when you don’t feel like it. Every time you beat the urge to quit, you make yourself stronger, which makes you much more likely to reach your goal.
(5. Set up a support system for yourself. Make sure you have at least one person who knows about your resolutions, and who will hold you accountable and encourage you to keep at it. Now I’m not talking about the kind of person that makes you feel OK about failing (i.e. the “oh don’t worry about it, I screwed up too so we might as well forget about our goals and have fun” kind of friend). I mean someone who motivates you to get back at it again when you mess up. If you don’t have anyone in your life who can do that, and if your goals are fitness related, my health coaching program might be right for you. Contact Me for the details!
What are your resolutions for 2017? Let me know in the comments below!