Today I’d like to share some of my tips for making better New Year’s resolutions:
1. Keep it simple. Rather than making a series of resolutions that you won’t keep, make 1 or 2 (preferably just one) that you can focus on.
2. Be original. Don’t feel you have to copy the resolutions of others. Select something that is important and specific to you.
3. Understand your “why.” A crucial part of any goal is your reason for wanting to achieve it. The more specific you are and the more often you think of those reasons, the more likely you’ll be to succeed.
4. Write your goal(s) down. Statistically any goal that is written down has a far greater chance of success than those that are not.
5. Create action steps. Once you’ve set a general goal it is important to have a series of action steps in place to achieve that goal. For example, if weight loss is your goal than your action steps may involve making it to the gym a certain number of times each week, eating more of a certain healthy food or eating/drinking less of certain unhealthy food on a daily basis.
6. Tell others about your goals. Making others aware of your goals is a good way to keep yourself more accountable. You’ll be far less likely to quit when people are regularly inquiring about your progress.
7. Reward yourself. Resolutions should not be punishment, as you start to make progress it’s okto reward your hard work. For example, when I help people with nutrition I often tell them that if they eat healthy throughout the week it’s alright to indulge in 1-2 bad meals as a reward. Creating incentives like this leads to greater success.
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