Tomorrow is "ditch your New Year’s Resolutions" day, but for many the reality is they ditched them a week ago.
It may surprise you, but I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. This is a sweeping statement, I know, but most of the time we set ourselves up to fail with these promises. I AM a fan of making healthy changes in your lifestyle. I also love to see my clients celebrating their success in reaching a goal.
Most of the time people’s New Year’s resolutions are a broad sweeping statement of an end result; I want to live a healthier lifestyle. I want to eat keto diet only. I want to have a beach-ready body. These are all perfectly good intentions but will seem unachievable if you don’t set specific goals that will help you reach this end result.
To help my clients succeed, we make a plan. Your New Year’s Resolutions goals are no different. Here are my top 5 tips to setting goals that you WILL achieve!
1. Dream big, plan small
You can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it and have a plan. I’m not telling you to cut back your aspirations, just have a specific method of how you are going to achieve this. Figure out the stages that will get you to this goal and take it one step at a time.
2. Give yourself small wins
Set realistic milestones along the journey and celebrate achieving them. This will keep you motivated. There is nothing more discouraging than putting lots of work into it and still feeling so far away from your end goal. This is when most people give up.
3. Set a timeline
We all naturally procrastinate, “I’ll start my new routine tomorrow. Monday’s aren’t a good day make changes.” If you are working towards a timeline or deadline, you are more likely to stick to it.
4. Find support
Friends and family are good cheerleaders because they genuinely want you to succeed. If you can start your new plan with a buddy, this can be a great motivator. Even are working toward different goals, partners help keep you on track and encourage you when you have your down days. Exercise classes are always good for support, sometimes we are just not motivated to get through a workout at home.
5. Make it fun
Alright, we don’t all have fun sweating through a workout, BUT you can choose the activities that you enjoy or meals that you love. A healthy lifestyle can’t be a chore, or else it will never stick. Everyone is different, but there is an activity out there for you or a meal that you're going to love.
If your New Year’s resolution is not working for you, throw them out on Thursday. Then on Friday start making a plan for your dreams.