You know the drill. Every time January 1st rolls around, you have made all your resolutions and are ready to rock the New Year. But come February, most of those resolutions have fallen by the way side and you are back to all the old bad habits that you thought you would kick for good.
Set yourself up for success this year by being more mindful in how you approach your resolutions and don’t beat yourself up about not sticking to your past goals. Negative self-talk is a sure-fire way to sabotage your success before you even get started.
Avoid a massive overhaul
If you have a million things you want to change, don’t try to go about changing them all at once. This is just a recipe for failure and disaster. Keep your resolutions simple and focus on one or two goals that are most important to you.
Involve your community
Whether your community is your immediate family, your group of friends or your workout buddy, sharing your goals out load will help hold you more accountable. Plus, if your crew also has the same goals, you can build each other up and support each other when the going gets tough.
Alter your viewpoint
Don’t think about your goals as getting rid of bad habits, but as replacing not so great habits with better ones. Do you want to have healthier eating habits? Instead of thinking “Oh, I can’t eat that” switch your thinking to “Oh! I get to eat this yummy healthy food that nourishes my body!”. If you put a positive spin on your changes, you will start to view them as benefits you enjoy instead of bad things you have to stop doing.
Set small goals
Instead of setting one overwhelming goal on January 1st, set small, attainable milestones that you can reach through the year. If you want to lose weight, instead of saying “I want to lose 25 pounds this year”, set your sights on two pounds a month. If you narrow your focus, you will see the smaller changes start to happen which will keep you motivated all year long.
An uphill battle is rarely a straight line. You will experience peaks and valleys, but just remember to never give up. If you suffer a setback, chalk it up as a bad day, week, meal, whatever and keep moving forward. If you let the little bumps in the road stop you from continuing, success will always remain out of reach.