When a new year rolls around everybody is quick to jump on making a list of New Year’s resolutions, many of these pertaining to health and wellness. However, according to Forbes, only about 8 percent of people stick to these goals.
Why is this?
January 1st comes around, your goal is to workout 5 days a week, cut out sugary foods, and stop drinking pop. The first week passes and you’ve managed to get to the gym, avoided sugar filled foods, and made it through with no pop. Two weeks go by: you celebrated a birthday in the family and had a piece of cake, you slipped and had a few pops because you were craving it, work was overwhelming, and you failed at going to the gym 5 times each week. The third week begins, you feel as though you’ve already failed because you didn’t stick to your goals for the first few weeks, so why even bother trying the rest of January let alone the whole year, right?
This is often the mindset of many individuals. When you “fail” you feel defeated and lose motivation to stick to the goals you made.
So, how do you create New Years resolutions that you can adhere to?
Here are a few tips:
1. Create reasonable resolutions, set SMART goals.
Specific- Be specific with what you want to achieve.
Measurable- Make a goal you can track, one you can measure to see how you are progressing, and to know when you’ve accomplished the goal.
Attainable- Don’t make an impossible goal! Create a goal you know is reachable and think of ways in which you will accomplish it.
Relevant- Create a goal for a reason! One you are passionate about that fits your short- term and long-term goals.
Timely- Set a time limit! If it’s a long- term goal, set short- term milestones to hit to keep you on track.
2. Write your goals down and put them where you see them often! Decide what you need to do to achieve them. Do you need a personal trainer? Accountability partner? Remove all junk food from your pantry?
3. Set short-term and long-term goals. Don’t set a goal to lose 100 LBS by the end of the year because chances are you will feel overwhelmed. Instead, set a long- term goal with short- term milestones. If that’s your goal, break it up into mini goals, “I will lose 10 LBS by February 1st.”
4. If you fail, don’t give up! Just because you slipped and over indulged in food, or missed the gym, don’t get discouraged! Don’t think that January 1st is the only day to set a goal or start a new habit, view each day as a new beginning.
5. It’s said that it takes 21 days to form a habit, true or not? While some people may be able to form a habit that quickly if repeated consistently, it may take longer for others. One thing is true, in order to create a habit such as going to the gym regularly or eating healthy, you need to stick to it and get into a routine.
Bottom line- set realistic goals that pertain to your life, be consistent, and don’t give up!
Just Feel It. Good Health. Great Life. Naturally.