What’s your New Year’s resolution? Are you setting a goal to
lose weight, stop smoking, start exercising, or get out of debt? Unfortunately,
the odds are against you, as statistics show roughly 80% of New Year’s
resolutions are broken by February. Why is it that it’s so hard to keep these
resolutions, yet we constantly feel the need to set them year after year? Maybe
it’s the “this year will be different”, “New Year, new me” mindset. However, we
need to realize that a change in lifestyle will require planning, discipline, and
sacrifice that we have not previously been accustomed to.
Good news! If you’re given the right tools to properly
execute your resolution, you are more likely to keep it rather than giving up
so quickly! Here are some quick tips to keep you motivated and on track:
Set reasonable goals. If
your goal is to run 3 miles a week, and you haven’t run 3 miles in the last
year, it’s probably not a good idea to pursue this resolution. This would be as
effective if you were to say that you weren’t going to eat your favorite ice
cream anymore! The idea is to improve, but not completely alter-your lifestyle.
If you genuinely want to run 3 miles a week, make it a long term goal and take
baby steps towards achieving it. Start off by taking a short walk a few days a
week. Slowly transition into short jogs, then short runs.
Think ahead. Don’t wait
until January 1st to implement your resolution—get a head start. As
soon as you set your goal, start applying it immediately! If you wait until the
New Year, you are more likely to put it off even more, if not forget about it
Use a support system. The
buddy system isn’t just for swimming anymore! Find a friend who shares the same
goal that you do. With your personal support system, you can keep each other in
check and catch each other when you start to fall. If you can’t find anyone to
share your goal, at least tell your friends about your resolution. You are more
likely to succeed with the help and support of your friends. Also, post
reminders for your goal in visible places.
With these tips in mind, you should be able to ring in the
New Year with a successful start!