After a holiday season full of friends, family and, unfortunately, unhealthy food and habits, it’s time to start the New Year on the right foot. However, failing to keep a New Year’s Resolution can be defeating and cause a serious blow to your confidence. In this blog, we’ll discuss how you can set yourself up for success in 2019.
5 Tips to Keep your New Year’s Resolution
1. Be Specific
It’s almost impossible to achieve your resolution unless it involves a clear, specific goal. For example, “lose weight” or “eat better” are a bit too vague to create an actionable plan around.
Instead, set goals like “lose 10 pounds by May” or “cut out all refined sugar from my diet by March.” These goals give you a concrete objective to work towards.
2. Slow and Steady
If your resolution involves a big lifestyle change, like going to the gym before work Monday through Friday after you haven’t worked out in three months, your goal may be too intense.
Instead, consider building up slowly but surely. Aim to go twice a week in January, three times a week in February and so on. If, in January, you’re motivated to go three times a week, great! You’re already exceeding your goal and you will feel a rush of confidence as a result.
3. Put it in Writing
Writing down your New Year’s Resolution (or any other goal, for that matter) has a neurological effect on your brain that actually makes you more likely to achieve it. Get detailed in your writing, explaining why you chose your resolution and how you plan to keep it. Post that paper on your refrigerator, mirror or in your office so you see a constant visual reminder.
4. Chart your Journey
Regardless of your resolution, take some time to think of a way to chart your progress each week and reflect on your successes and shortcomings. Elements of Rockville Centre recommends keeping a progress diary that allows you to evaluate yourself.
Reading and rereading your progress diary lets you see where you’re excelling and where you can improve. It also lets you track how far you’ve come since the beginning. If, for example, you’ve lost seven pounds from January to April, you’ll feel a sense of joy when you read your progress diary. This will help you become more motivated to achieve your goal.
5. Allow for Failures and Slipups
The hardest part of keeping a New Year’s Resolution is accepting defeat from time to time. It’s super cliché to say, but the path to success is not a straight line. It’s a road with bumps and curves.
Summon all of your willpower and understand that you don’t have to throw away the whole resolution because of one small failure! If you’re goal is to eat healthy but you have a hectic week and have to order takeout or fast food a few times, don’t worry.
Life happens, and sometimes it gets in the way of your goals. Do your best to power through it. You’ll be thankful you did a few months down the line when you’ve succeeded in achieving your resolution!
What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2019? Elements of Rockville Centre would love to hear them!