Set your New Year’s Resolutions And KEEP Them!
With the new year around the corner, I’m going to give you 5 tips on how to keep your New Year’s Resolutions and make them stick. If you look at some studies, they say as many as 88% of people who set new year’s resolutions, fail. So let’s look at some steps you can take to help you stick to your resolution and get you to your end result.
Tip # 1 – Be realistic – So often we bite off way more than we can chew and then get discouraged and quit. Start small and divide your goal in to smaller goals. Use the staircase analogy. The top of the staircase is your ultimate goal and your smaller goals are the steps that lead to the top. This way, with each step, you get the feeling of satisfaction quicker, which will inspire and motivate you.
Tip #2 – Have a plan – Don’t make it a wish. Most people are just loosely stating what they wish will happen in the new year. Once your goal is in place, figure out the road map on how to get there. Similar to a GPS system in your car, you type in your destination and a map comes up telling you, in steps, how to get there. If you were to jump in your car without a map and were travelling say…from Toronto to Texas and just decided to wing it, the odds of you getting there wouldn’t be too high. The same goes for this. Map it out. Figure out the steps you need to take to get you there, week by week. Start small and build from there.
Tip #3 – Don’t give up – So many times we set a resolution and have one minor set back and all of a sudden our brain goes: “you suck and you failed!” Failure is linked to pain, and then we quit. We’re all human and we all experience setbacks. Be kind to yourself and instead of focusing on the setback, focus on the journey. Back to the staircase analogy, if you were climbing up a huge flight of stairs and tripped and fell down one or two, you wouldn’t just throw yourself down to the bottom. So keep going and focus on the progress you’re making along the way.
Tip #4 – Ask yourself WHY you want to do this and come up with as many reasons as you can. This will give you something to look back on when the going gets tough. What are you going to lose by not accomplishing your new year’s resolutions, and what are you going to gain by accomplishing it? What are you sick and tired of? What do you want more of? How will it make you feel? Get clear on the WHY and have a vision.
By having a vision you will get inspired. Focus on the end result and how the new you is going to look and feel. When we set a resolution most people are focused on all the stuff they have to give up. That’s not very inspiring. But how are you going to look and feel when the resolution is accomplished?! That’s what you need to focus on. Get a really clear image in your mind. Make it a “must” instead of a “should”. If it’s a MUST you will find a way. Make it something that excites you. Something that gets you so extremely excited that there’s no way you’re not going to do it. And review it daily to keep it fresh in your mind and body.
Tip #5 – Don’t do it alone – Find someone who will hold you accountable. Find a workout buddy or someone who wants to carry out the same goal. Hire a coach or whatever professional you need, to help you out. This not only makes it more enjoyable but it holds you accountable, which will increase your success immensely.
Thanks for reading, watching and participating! I wish you all the best in the new year!