03 Jan Secrets To Making Your Resolution Stick!
Happy New Year! If you’re like many people, the start of the new year means that you’re focused on some new resolutions for 2017. But if you want to stick with your resolution for more than just a few days or weeks, here are a few tips for making PERMANENT change happen.
You must make the time and put in the effort to turn your goal into reality. This means planning your meals, scheduling your fitness time, removing all the junk food from your home, creating a budget, or joining a gym. Whatever the goal, you must schedule the appropriate time into your calendar to execute and also proactively set yourself up for success. You cannot set out to lose weight this year and still have all the junk food in the cupboard or rely on fast-food meals to help you achieve your goals. Be proactive, take the steps you need to take, and make it happen.
Tracking your progress supports you in achieving your goals. Choose what speaks to you and compliments your lifestyle; journaling, a vision board, a simple graph or chart, a Fitbit or Jawbone, or an app on your mobile device. The options are endless. The most important factor is to find something that works for you.
Along with your tracking, you may opt to share your goal with a family member or friend. Some individuals share it with everyone by posting their intent on social media and tracking their progress for all to see. Find what works for you, and have an accountability measure (or two) in place.
This is a marathon, not a sprint. Take time to celebrate your milestones, as well as the small daily things that help you stay on track and achieve your goal. We tend to reach one milestone and immediately focus on the next task at hand. Please pause, recognize the effort you’ve put in, understand the benefit you’ve gained from your actions, feel the difference in your body, mind and spirit, and celebrate!
A celebration doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, or be time-consuming unless you want it to be. Treat yourself to fresh air on your lunch break, meet a friend for tea, treat yourself to a snowshoe on Saturday morning, or go for the gusto and schedule a spa treatment. It doesn’t matter what you select to do as a celebration, as long as it’s celebration to you!