As the holidays come to a close and we embark on a new year, it’s a time of hope for what the new year might hold. We tend to set lofty goals and have bold expectations. We’ve all been there, a burst of motivation at the start of the year, but as the newness fades so does the motivation and soon these resolutions are abandoned. Sure, you may have the best intentions but let’s look at a shift in perspective that can really help you get there. Stop thinking of it as a New Year's Resolution and start thinking about how to make lifestyle changes that work for you. Working in the health and fitness industry, my husband sees an influx of new members in January, but many of these memberships are short-lived. We collaborated on this article to offer some tips on how to be successful working toward your goals.
Focus on One Thing at a Time. Trying to make too many changes at once can be overwhelming. This doesn’t mean that you won’t get to work on all the other things you have in mind, but you’re more likely to be successful if you pick a starting point. Set long-term and short-term goals and focus on the steps that you will take to help you meet those goals.
Set Realistic, Specific and Measurable Goals. Goals should be something that feel achievable, otherwise you’ll feel defeated before you even start. Don’t set vague goals such as “I want to work out more” or “I’m going to be more mindful” but set a goal that’s specific like “I will go to the gym 3 days per week” or “I will practice mindfulness for 5 minutes each day.” Think about how you will track your progress and measure your success. Is there a target number of pounds to lose, steps to take, or calories to consume? Will you keep a journal to track your progress or use an app?
Have a Support System. Don’t do it alone, find a buddy or someone like-minded to partner up with. You’re more likely to give up on something when you’re in it alone than if you have someone there to challenge you. With a partner you can hold each other accountable and motivate one another, plus it’s more fun! Catch a yoga class with a friend, create a step challenge with your co-workers, or do some meal planning with your significant other.
Seek Professional Help. Invest in your health and wellbeing! Hire a professional to guide you through the changes you are trying to make. If it’s personal growth and development consider working with a therapist or life coach. If its diet and fitness, try personal training or meeting with a nutritionist. Maybe you want to budget better or save more, meet with a financial planner. No matter what your goals are there is an expert out there who can help you!