How many times have you made a New Year’s resolution and given up before February? … Bueller? Don’t worry; it’s not just you! Unfortunately, the excitement of creating new goals and opportunity quickly fades when the grind of every day life becomes overwhelming. In fact, numerous studies (including research from the University of Scranton) have shown that close to 90% of individuals who make New Year’s Resolutions fail to keep them.
But despite the statistical odds being against us, it is possible to keep your New Year’s resolutions, and even exceed them! It just may take a little extra strategy planning. Below are four key tips that have personally helped me achieve goals and maintain them long term. Whether your goals are fitness related or not, give these a try and make this year your best one yet!
“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” (Steve Jobs)
Choose a New Year’s resolution that reflects something you are truly passionate about and not something you feel obligated to do. Without passion and an unquenchable desire for change, resolutions are very difficult to maintain. It’s that simple.
CREATE MILESTONE GOALS
Forming short term “milestone” goals will keep you going in the appropriate direction to successfully meet your New Year’s resolutions. These goals will help you measure progress throughout the year in a way that will continually motivate you, especially when it’s difficult! Of course, it’s imperative to make these goals specific in order to be measurable (see the examples below)
Unspecific Goal – I’m going to lose weight.
Specific Goal – I’m going to lose 10 pounds over the course of three months.
FORMULATE A PLAN
“By failing to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.” (Benjamin Franklin)
Planning is the key to success. Life’s surprises can easily cloud our vision or distract from our intentions. Constructing a plan will help create a clear line of sight for you to remember and achieve your goals. Don’t cut any corners; a plan will keep you organized, intentional and focused!
ENGAGE IN COMMUNITY
Even with passion, milestone goals and a well-formulated plan, there will be moments when you feel disheartened. Having a supportive community to inspire and encourage along the way will provide that extra push to keep grinding. This may mean reaching out to a personal trainer or asking a friend to keep you accountable. Personally, I’ve found incredible encouragement through like-minded individuals on social media. If you want to connect on Instagram for extra accountability, follow me here and send a DM! I’d love to get to know you. Happy New Year!