The New Year is here and maybe you’re sitting down thinking about what you want to accomplish this year. Maybe you want to lose some weight, to start eating healthier or get stronger.
These are all great resolutions however, resolutions don’t always succeed. Why? Because we tend to bite off more than we can chew, we set vague resolutions that aren’t really measurable, or we think we want to accomplish something but we have no real idea of how we’re going to do it. So we say we’re going to do it and then we don’t, it just never happens.
If you’re finding yourself already a little frustrated with not having taken on the New Year how you wanted, take a deep breath, refocus, restart.
Here’s how you can get unstuck this New year.
Pick one or two goals that seem small by themselves but that over time will have a very large impact.
Choose something that is as simple as walking 15 minutes a day, but that you can easily repeat every day.
Make your goals measurable
Don’t just say “I’m going to start eating healthier,” put that into terms that could be easily defined so that anyone could actually assess whether or not you’ve achieved that goal.
Make it measurable: “I’m going to eat 5 servings of vegetables every day.”
Put it on paper. Instead of vowing to go to the gym more, put it on a calendar. “I’m going to go to the gym Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I’m going to work out for an hour, I’m going to do these workouts.” If you are going to commit to going to a class, sign up and put it in the calendar now.
That’s it – super simple. Here’s where you start:
Your goal: to lose ten pounds.
What’s one thing that you could do every single day that would have a very good likelihood if you did it for the next 365 days to bring you towards losing 10 pounds? One example: Getting 10,000 steps a day on your Fit Bit. It’s small, and it is easily measurable. If you did that every day between now and January first 2018 I guarantee you’ll probably have some weight loss. Will you definitely lose 10 pounds? Maybe not, but that is going to bring you so much closer and once you’ve done that say by February or March when it is part of your routine, you can add another new habit that will bring you even closer to reaching that ten pound goal.
Another example would be getting five servings of vegetables every day. Don’t worry about anything else, keep doing everything else you’re doing, but get five servings of vegetables every day. Commit to that like it was the most important thing in the world. Do that every day for 365 days and I guarantee you’ll be better for it when January 1st 2018 comes along, even if you did nothing else with your health and fitness the entire year.
The truth is that change is accomplished little by little over a long period of time.
Commit to making one small change and just repeating that every day, so you can build new habits, because creating new habits is how we effectively eliminate old ones and change our lives one step at a time, day after day, week after week, and month after month and, long term, year after year.
Best of luck on all your goals and dreams in 2017!