The New Year brings hope for the future, a promise for everything you can modify about your life, and of course, resolutions about what you didn’t change last year. But don’t fret. You don’t need to worry about how fast you reach your goals or whether they’re possible. We’re here to tell you they are.
Whether you invest in a bicycle desk to be more active at work or a new set of dumbbells doesn’t matter. You can reach your fitness goals and we’re here to tell you how. Continue reading to learn more about the five steps to sticking to your New Years’ resolutions.
Start with Small Goals
When the clock strikes twelve everyone dreams about all the changes they’ll make. There’s no problem with believing you will make changes. But you shouldn’t expect those changes to come about immediately. Avoid committing to a new activity as though you’re going to magically develop a habit. Change takes time and so will your New Year’s resolution. Small steps lead to significant changes and that’s a motto you can live by.
Another thing to avoid is goals without measurements When you make a goal specific and measurable, you set yourself up for success. If you want to limit your calorie intake, define how many calories you need to consume to make it so. Understand the figure you want to achieve before settling for a goal. When you assign a measurement, you create specificity. Specificity is what defines your success.
We’re not saying you won’t be able to run a marathon by Spring, but if you’ve never run before, you might want to elongate your timeline. Making large-scale changes isn’t something you should try to implement immediately. Be honest with yourself about what you want to achieve and consider the resources you have at hand. This will help create a realistic sense of what you can accomplish. To prevent anxiety, it is important to start small. Break down your goals into smaller, more achievable pieces.
Stick to a Plan
Understand what you want to accomplish and stick to the plan you identify for yourself. You establish your plan’s foundation when you create a clear vision for your goals. With a clear vision, you ensure you understand the importance of what you want to accomplish.
People often give up when they realize how difficult it can be to achieve the complete essence of their goal. This is where most people fail. They realize running that marathon isn’t as simple as saying you’re going to run a marathon. You have to go through ups and downs and many failures before you can succeed. When you fail, you need to take it as an opportunity to create success. Focus on what you can control about the situation and move on with your goal intact. Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’ll fail the next time.
Just because you try three hundred times, doesn’t mean you’ll be successful, either. When aiming toward a goal, focus on your self-talk. What makes you want to give up? Is that thought worth abandoning your desires? Quitting is a state of mind. It happens when you say you’ve had enough. Enough of what, exactly? Don’t just tell yourself to be positive. Dive deep into your negativity and find out its source. You’ll be surprised when you do. Most of the time, it’s silly.