If I had to bet, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions every January 1st. But how many people keep them? According to a Forbes’s article, only 8%!! Health related resolutions are some of the most common. How many people do you know resolved to eat better, exercise more, lose weight, get healthy, be fit, etc.? Maybe you’re one of them. No matter what your resolution or personal goals, there are some simple steps you can take to help you be one of those successful people who sticks with them.
1) Be Specific!
Resolutions and goals like eating healthier or being happier are fantastic…but vague. And that makes them hard to reach. Give yourself a benchmark, or concrete goal that you can check off or plan for on a regular basis so that you can say “yes, I did that!” For example if you want to eat healthier, resolve to eat an additional serving of vegetables at lunch 5 days a week.
2) Break It Down!
If your goal is to lose say 20 pounds create an action plan, with small realistic steps that will get you there. So maybe your action plan for the first month will be to exercise for 30 minutes three times a week and replace one unhealthy snack with a piece of fruit, or if you eat out or get take out often, replace one of those meals with a homemade meal. These smaller goals will create the steps you need to reach the big final goal.
3) Find an Accountability Partner
Whether it’s your spouse, best friend, a coach, sibling, etc., find someone who is going to check in with you regularly to make sure you stay on track or help you get back on track when things get tough. Life can get stressful and change can be challenging. Having someone to cheer you on and encourage you can make the difference between reaching your goals and only wishing you had.
Sure being healthy is a reward in and of itself…but who doesn’t want to celebrate with they hit a goal they have been working hard for? I know I do! If one of your goals is to exercise for 30 minutes 3 times a week for a month, why not buy yourself a new workout shirt or pants when you reach that goal? Little rewards like this along your journey will help with motivation!
So will you be part of the 8% and stick with your resolutions and goals this year?