“New year, new me.” That’s what we all say around the first of the new year. But what about people who actually keep their promise on their new years resolution?
With it now being March of the new year, most eager people who claimed their new year’s resolution in January have fallen short of their resolution. But for those determined individuals who have kept their promise on their new years resolution, might have found it’s harder to maintain their commitment to their better and newer self.
Here are a few tips that any individual can use to keep their new year’s resolution and maintain it throughout the year.
Set a realistic goal to begin with
We’ve all been there with seemingly impossible resolutions, such as “losing weight” or “becoming my best self” that we make every year.
If the same resolution you had last year didn’t work out? How do you expect it to work this year?
The trick is to set realistic and attainable goals to begin with. If you want to lose weight that you gained over quarantine, try setting a goal of working out 3 times a week, or losing 5 pounds per month.
While these numbers may seem small, they are much more realistic in small increments than having the mindset of working out 7 days a week and losing 30+ pounds at the beginning of the year.
New year’s resolutions take time and commitment to see the progress. Setting yourself up with small but manageable goals will be a great starting point to succeed in the year.
Put time into planning
The only thing worse than having an unattainable goal is one that goes nowhere once you declare the resolution.
In order to see progress, you must put in the work to achieve your goal. Let’s stick with the losing weight goal.
In order to achieve this goal, planning is needed to keep yourself on track with progress and putting in the hard work.
Try getting a planner and planning out what type of workout you will complete on what days. If you plan on meal prepping or planning, its good to plan out and write down which meals you will eat on what days.
By physically writing down your progress and goals, it gives you a reminder of why you want to achieve this goal and will keep you motivated to keep going. You can’t achieve a goal if you don’t put the time in planning and executing.
Remind yourself that change is a process
No one is able to snap their fingers and switch their lives. If only it were that easy!
Remind yourself that progress is a process. It won’t happen overnight, and commitment and determination to meet your goals will take time and effort.
If you’re determined to run a marathon by the end of the year, it’s most likely not possible to get out there and run the entire 26.2 miles. Remind yourself that training will take progress, and you will need to practice practice practice.
Start small. Run a mile or two. Each time you run, push yourself to add on more distance. This process will help you progress in a healthy and attainable way. Before you know it, you will be running longer and better than ever before.
New year’s resolutions are declared in order to change yourself, your behaviors or your actions for the better. It takes time, commitment and passion to change to get the desired outcome.
Remember, if you have been stuck with your new year’s resolution and you have not seen immediate results, it’s only been a few months.
Stay passionate and keep pushing yourself to keep up with your new year’s resolution. Not only will you be proud of yourself for accomplishing your goal, but it will help you accomplish more goals for the future.
Which tips helped you the most? Comment below!