Following Through On Your New Years Resolution
December 13, 2016
Don’t just create a New Year’s resolution that you are going to give up on the middle January. Make a decision to follow through on your goals. Whatever it is that you have your mind set on, take some time to sit down and write out what it is that you want to accomplish. Statics say that 45 percent of Americans will make New Year's resolutions, eight percent of them will follow through.
Why is it that the Gym is always crowded the first two weeks of the year? Have you ever tried walking into a public gym in January around 6 pm when everyone is off work, it's ridiculous. Why is it that we make goals or resolutions and give up on them 15 days in the year? The answer is there was never a plan. There was no vision. Here are a few things to keep in mind when making your goals for the New Year.
Make a plan
Write out what you want to achieve. If it’s a goal to meet new people or lose weight, be specific. Decide on the number of new people you would like to meet. Decide on the amount of weight you want to lose. Create a timeline for yourself. Give the goal a realistic date or deadline.
Do your research
Find out what it’s going to take to achieve the goal. If you set a few goals for the New Year and you don’t have a plan on how to achieve the goal, you are only creating a wish list. Pick out a time to sit down and find out what everything you can about what you want to get done next year.
Write it down
Don’t just keep the goal in your head, but write it down. Put it on a poster board to hang on your wall. Hang multiple boards up throughout your home as a constant reminder of what you WILL achieve next year.
Write out a schedule
Whatever goal you have, you want to make sure you are taking steps each day toward your goal. If it's waking up earlier, pick a time that you desire. Decide on what you will do when you wake up. Commit to doing a dance or listen to a song that motivates you. Make it fun!
Visualize your success
Visualizing your success is critical. We all struggle with some form of the doubt every day, but that doubt can be silenced. Every day before bed or before you work on achieving your goal, visualize what it will feel like to see those results. If you are worried about cheating your diet, imagine how proud you'd feel when you are eating your meal prep when everyone else is eating pizza. A visualization is a powerful tool and will build tremendous confidence.
The most important thing to remember for the New Year is to forgive yourself. Many people make a mistake and get so down that they give up on their goal. If you cheat that diet, that’s ok, forgive yourself and rededicate yourself to achieving your goal. Don’t let one mistake define your year.
Make the decision to commit yourself fully to your goal. Share your resolutions with your spouse or friend to hold each other accountable. Make it fun and remember to focus achieving and not failing!