9 Easy Steps To Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions this Year
Updated for 2018 on December 21, 2017
Making lifestyle changes via New Year’s resolutions are unfortunately not as easy as closing your eyes and clicking your sparkly red heels together three times. There’s no magic lamp with a genie to grant you three wishes and it’s not going to be a breezy magic carpet ride that brings you to a resolution that magically “comes true.” Because if it was that easy, then most us would be walking around with toned abs and driving a Mercedes while always being in a great mood.
But before you can begin working on achieving your New Year’s resolutions, take a moment to self-reflect and determine the motivation behind the resolution. It’s important to be honest with yourself about where you’re at, where you want to be and why you want to be there. Ask yourself: What’s the true motivation behind your New Year’s goals?
Wanting to achieve something is great, but the reason you want to achieve it will ultimately determine whether or not you succeed. If impure intentions are the key motivating factor to your goals, that may not be the driving force that will get you to the finish line. For instance, do you want to lose weight simply because your friends are all skinnier than you, or do you want to be vegan just because you saw some videos on YouTube telling you why meat is bad? Let’s be honest, those aren’t the type of reasons that are going to drive a sustainable lifestyle change.
Achieving New Year’s resolutions takes commitment, consistency, and determination. Which is why having the right intentions behind your changes is so important. Whether your New Year’s resolutions are to lose 5 pounds or 50 pounds, to earn more money, or simply strive to have a more positive mental attitude, make sure your changes are truly for you and not for someone else. Society tells us that we have to make a certain amount of money, look a certain way and find joy in materialistic standards. But that’s simply not the case when it comes to true self-love and joy. So, before you read these tips and tricks to help you not only achieve your goal, but to maintain your goal, and continue on the path to a better life, make sure the path your starting off on is one that you truly want to be on.
1. Be Crystal Clear
Simply having the goal, “I want to eat healthy” or “I want to get in shape” is a great place to start, but what next? What does that really mean? Having quantifiable goals that can be measured will help you ensure that you’re on the right track.
Start with goals that can be clearly defined, such as, “I want to eat healthy 5 days out of the week with 2 cheat days” or “I want to be able to complete a mile in less than 15 minutes.” This clarity gives you a more exact picture of what your goals really are, and how to better achieve them.
2. Break your goals into bite-sized chunks
Let’s say one of your New Year’s resolutions is to lose 50 pounds. Sounds pretty daunting, right? Where do you even begin? It’s hard to start with such a big number in front of you, but when you break down your goal into smaller pieces you can mentally break down those barriers of fear and doubt so that it doesn’t seem so overwhelming.
Realistically, to achieve a goal of losing 50 pounds, that’s an average of 4 pounds a month or 1 pound a week (give or take). That seems much more doable than to lose 50 pounds in a year. It also gives you an achievable idea of what you can accomplish when you focus on the goal step-by-step rather than the big picture.
3. Stay accountable
Come January 1, our resolutions shine bright and crystal clear in our minds, but how are you going to hold yourself accountable the other 364 days of the year? This is where the commitment and determination come into play.
A great way to keep yourself accountable is to set reminders in your phone or calendar for your individual New Year’s resolutions. Every week, every other week, or every month, set a reminder for yourself. Ask yourself what have you done recently to get yourself closer to your goal? If your answer is rooted in a daily work ethic that has kept you on track to meeting your goal, then you know you’re on the right path. If your answer is a bit more lost, be honest with yourself and make the changes you need to get back on track before just giving up completely.
4. Find Strength in numbers
You’ve probably heard this one before, but that’s because it works! Find a friend, partner, family member, or even your dog to work towards a common goal. Doing so has a number of different benefits. Sharing your New Year’s resolutions with someone and holding each other accountable, can help you stick to your goal while also helping a friend get to theirs.
It makes things less “boring,” it gives you a higher level of accountability, and you’re able to encourage each other along the way. Even if your buddy isn’t in the same town as you, or has a different goal than you, the buddy system can still work!
5. Keep a positive mindset
Eliminate negative statements from your mind. Start by Replacing “I wish” with “I will.” When we tell ourselves “I wish,” it remains a far and distant idea that we just hope would happen one day if the stars aligned. Conversely, by telling ourselves “I will,” we set ourselves up to achieve rather than receive. We get into a “winners” mindset that is more positive and thus releases the endorphins necessary to conquer our goals.
6. Don’t Quit When the Going Gets Tough
Sometimes in life we take 2 steps forward and 1 step backwards. At the end of the day we are human, and we do make mistakes, but you know what? That’s okay!
The important part here is to differentiate between what is a mistake, and what is an excuse. As long as you’re honest with yourself about your progress and continue moving forward, it’s okay that things didn’t work out perfectly the first time (and I’ll let you in on a little secret… they usually don’t).
7. Keep your eyes on the prize
There will be days where you feel your goal is so close and nothing will ever stop you. There will also be days where you question yourself and want to give up completely.
Always remember how far you’ve come. Stay in touch with the original reason why you started this goal. Ask yourself: Why did this goal speak to you in the first place? How much will it mean to you to be able to achieve this goal? Stay focused and don’t give up.
8. Consistency is key
Everybody knows that Rome wasn’t built in a day, but do you think that idea ever stopped the Romans from building it?
Reaching your goals, whatever they may be, takes consistency. We must work towards our goal day in and day out and always keep our vision in our mind especially when the days get tough. Because, as long as we’re consistently working towards our goal, then we are still making great progress, even if we have a few setbacks along the way.
Never forget how far you’ve come! If you are still in the process of getting to your New Year’s Resolutions, celebrate those “bite sized” goals you’ve set up along the way, such as your goal of losing 4 pounds this month.
Once you’ve achieved your “bite sized goal” take yourself out to get a massage, one of the best ways to celebrate! Or open a nice bottle of wine. The best part is, once you get to your big goal that you’ve set out for yourself (such as losing 50 pounds), you get to celebrate all over again! Mini getaway? Shopping anyone?
What are your New Year’s Resolutions for this year and how can First Paige Fitness help you stay accountable?
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