4 Easy Strategies To Stick To Your New Year’s Resolution

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New Year’s Resolutions.

Everyone makes one and no one sticks to it.

You can say the same thing about HEALTHY HABITS, people rarely stick to new habits for more than a couple of weeks.

Think back to the first week in January.  The gyms were full and buzzing with people, but look around now.  I bet you’ll notice that they’re starting to empty out a bit.

Life goes on, people fall back on old habits and find themselves skipping the gym and swinging through the drive-thru after work.

Every year we say to ourselves that this is the year, things will be DIFFERENT.

We will set big goals for ourselves hoping that this year something will click and we will finally stick to them.

I’m here to tell you theres no need to HOPE anymore.  It’s time to take a stand and make it happen.

Here are 4 tips to help you stick to your New Year’s Resolution:

1. Set mini goals & habits.

Giant goals get overwhelming and stressful.  If you set a GIANT goal back in January and never followed through try setting Mini-Goals. Use the S.M.A.R.T concept when setting goals. SMART simply means set Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely goals.

At TFW Mahopac we help students set smaller, attainable goals that they can reach each month by creating min-habits to reach them.

For example, instead of simply saying that they want to lose weight in 2018, we challenge them to make smaller changes every month that will help lose 4-6 pounds every month. We break that down even more by helping them with mini habits on a weekly basis such as cutting out soda or alcohol, eating more veggies and get to the gym 3 times a week.

Setting smaller goals will help you feel accomplished and keep your motivation high throughout the year.

2. Remind yourself why you chose your resolution.

Always start with WHY. There is a bigger reason behind every New Year’s resolution. Whether you’re focusing on health so you can have more energy, increase confidence or just be happier, there is always a larger, more important reason that shapes your goals.

Whatever that reason is, keep it in mind because there will be obstacles and set back.

3. Start fresh every day.

Do your best t wake up every day and attack your New Year’s resolution with the same ENERGY and MOTIVATION you did on the January 1st. Every day is a new opportunity to move close your goals. It doesn’t matter if you slipped up a little yesterday. The next day is always a fresh start.

Keep you focus only on the day itself, and don’t worry about what might have happened yesterday or tomorrow. Enjoy the fresh start that comes every morning.

4. Be Flexible.

You might get through the month and realize that your resolution wasn’t realistic.

It’s okay to discover you might not be able to play a solo on the guitar by the end of 2018, or maybe your goal to buy that dream house needs to be extended a few months.

It’s okay to revise your resolution as long as you keep working towards your goals. You might only be able to accomplish half of what you originally set out to do, but at least you accomplished more than you otherwise would have.

Understand that this is a Process or Journey if you will. Once we commit to change we may want to see the results right away, but changing our lifestyles is a long-term process.

Focus on progress, not perfection

Perfection is unattainable. Shoot for “pretty good.” Don’t beat yourself up with minor setbacks like you ate dessert because you were stressed or skipped the gym for a week because you were busy. You will have ups and downs; accept it and get back on track. The reality is most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a day and underestimate what they can accomplish in a year. If you do “pretty good” all year long, by end of year you will feel really good about what you have achieved.

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About the Author John Praino

Coach John's enthusiastic approach and positive energy will get anyone excited about fitness. However it's his ability to motivate and inspire people to do more not just in the dojo but in life that gets results.

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