Does making a New Year Resolution seem like a daunting task to you? Don't worry, this can be the case for many people.
Most resolutions require changes to your daily habits and breaking habits can be difficult even for the typical over-achiever.
Breaking old habits or creating new habits can take about 3 weeks for your body and brain to adjust to. It can take even longer for those habits to become a daily part of your life and thought process.
Taking the time to set yourself up for success is key in keeping those resolutions and making changes happen. Here are a few steps you can take to start the year off running:
Make your goals attainable.
The easiest way to feel overwhelmed by your resolution is to set a goal that may fall just short of. While it is good to push yourself, it can also make your goal seem just out of reach. Start slow and build your way up to what you want.
If your goal is to eat healthier, but you haven’t done any grocery shopping to help you with that goal, it will be easier to keep pushing it off. Don’t wait until the clock strikes 12 to think about your resolutions. Planning ahead will help you be successful at sticking to your goals.
There’s no rule that says if you fail one month or fall off track for a couple of days that you can’t still complete your goal. You can always re-strategize and jump back into it.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up.
To go along with Tip 3, don’t get too upset with yourself if you fall off track. Getting back up is all part of the process and helps you better figure out how to best achieve your goal.
Hold yourself accountable.
The best way to keep yourself on track is to let others know your goals. When you have a group of people to cheer you on or a friend to join in your journey, it makes staying accountable a whole lot easier.
Give yourself little Rewards.
It's important to celebrate the little victories on the track to your final goal. Giving yourself little rewards throughout your journey will help you look forward to the next one and stay focused on the big picture.