People get very optimistic about the new year and make lots of resolutions, but not everyone sticks to their new year resolutions. It is easier said than done. The excitement of crossing over to the new year will make lots of people decide to quit bad has its and pick up good habits, but how many people can literally keep up with all of their resolutions?
If you’ve ever made new year resolution in the past and have gone off track in one way or another, you don’t need to feel bad or guilty because you are not in this boar alone. There are lots of people that are in your shoes, all you need is the right tips and you will find yourself sticking to your resolutions unknowingly.
Is your resolution about keeping fit, quitting bad habits, or eating healthy? Or is it something else, follow the few tips outlined below and you will never fall out of track anymore.
Set realistic goals
One of the reasons why so many people fail in keeping their resolutions is that they set goals that are not realistic. It’s time to set your mind on what you really want, and it should be something you can do. Instead of telling yourself that you will keep fit or eat healthily, why not determine ways in which you want to work towards your goal? Instead of telling yourself that you won’t eat your favourite food or snacks again, say to yourself that you will cut down on them. It helps stick with your resolutions.
The last-minute plan is what kills the goal of so many people. why wait until new year’s eve before setting your goals? It is the beginning of your failure. Learn to plan ahead of time. Think about what you hope to achieve and start working towards it even before the new year.
Choose one or two resolutions
It is safer to choose one resolution, rather than picking on so many things at the same time because you will get confused along the line. Quitting bad addiction can be very difficult and needs gradual processing, hence, you can’t just decide to quit all of it at once because it will be impossible. Pick what is most important to you, and adhere to it.
Write down your plan
A written plan is better and more effective than that which You just say. If your new year resolution is to stay healthy and keep fit, then write down how you want to go about it. If you can carry out a 20 minutes exercise daily, then write it down somewhere you can see and let it be a reminder to you. That way you won’t miss out on your daily routine and you will find yourself keeping fit. Let your plan be something you can achieve, don’t make the kind of plans that you won’t be able to keep.
While writing down your new year resolution, you should also consider starting small. If you want to keep fit, start by making up your mind to eat healthily. Although you can’t just wake up and decide to quit your favourite junk food, it will be too difficult. So you can rather make up your mind to eat healthily and draw out a table of healthy food you can feed on and keep fit. You can have your favourite food once in a while, but not all the time. If you start bit by bit, you will definitely get to that point where you can actually do away with those junk food without feeling the weight on you. Starting small might be a slow process, but it’s the best.
Avoid repeating a past mistake
Change your resolution, don’t make the same mistakes and resolution you’ve been making in the past years. If you’ve tried something before and failed in it, you might not be encouraged to try the same thing again because your self-belief would be low. Hence, it is advisable to change your resolution, or evaluate it and avoid the things that made you fail.
Renew your motivation
At the beginning of the year, giving up on your goals is one feeling that comes to mind very strongly. But, when you want to give up, remember what motivated you to make such a resolution in the first place. For instance, if you are a new mom keeping fit might be a little difficult because of your baby, but something must have prompted you to want to keep fit before you even thought of it. Let that thing be your motivation and remind yourself daily of how beneficial your goal will be to you. Also, attach yourself with people that can motivate you, and not those that will discourage you.
Consistency and determination
In anything you do, consistency is key. Be consistent and determined to keep up with your goals. Make good use of your plan because it will help you greatly. And as you carry out your keeping fit routine daily, your body will gradually adjust to these changes and it will become a habit. With your determination, you would realize that achieving your goal is very simple. Don’t let little setback affect you, because some setbacks are unavoidable, rather see it as a stepping stone to put more effort in the goal you hope to achieve. Then at the end of the year, you can proudly say you made a resolution and stocked to it. You can also make another resolution for the coming year because you know you can do it.
The new year, new me thing is something that is attainable through your hard work, consistency, determination, and above all, following the guidelines above. Even as a new mom who thinks keeping fit is quite difficult because of the baby, if you follow the tips above, you are sure to achieve your keeping fit goals. Don’t let anyone discourage you, and don’t be distraught anymore, your new year resolution is definitely doable.