We’re all getting ready to celebrate the New Year and welcome 2015! It’s an exciting and fun holiday for everyone. And inherent in that celebration is the longstanding tradition of New Year’s resolutions. FoodFacts.com imagines that the most popular resolutions include weight loss, beginning a workout program, resuming a workout program, giving up soda, cutting out sugar, cutting out fast food and giving up processed foods. We can think of more — but that short list probably sums up the majority that we’ve heard.
They all sound wonderful. And many of us get off to a good start. Statistically, though, we’ve given up on our resolutions about a week after the New Year. It isn’t necessarily that we weren’t invested enough in our resolutions, though. Instead, it may turn out that we expected too much of ourselves too quickly and didn’t leave any room for setbacks. So how can we be more successful in our goals for the new year? Let’s take a look at some helpful ideas.
Set measurable goals
Simply setting a goal of losing weight or working out more isn’t actually helpful. It’s too open ended. On the other hand if you set a goal to lose ten pounds in the next four months, it’s easier to stay motivated. You’ll be able to set interim goals over the four month period, allowing you to enjoy smaller successes along the way.
Let’s look at the resolutions surrounding working out. You’ll probably be more successful if the resolution is stated more specifically. It shouldn’t just be about working out more, it should be about how you’ll be doing that. “I’m going to the gym three times a week and I’ll be doing three spin classes and three running workouts every week.” Those are specific goals as opposed to the more vague, “I’m going to work out more in 2015.”
Be flexible and honest
One of the biggest difficulties surrounding resolutions is lack of flexibility and honesty. We all need to understand that at some point, we’re going to need to forgive ourselves for not sticking to it. And then we need to get right back on it. So that one week when life just seems to get in the way of your resolution, you’re going to have to be kind to yourself and pick it up again next week. That’s so much better than throwing the resolution out the window!
Set goals that make you happy
Your resolutions are for you. Make sure you choose things that will bring you joy in achieving. If you know that those 10 pounds are going to make you happy, it will make it much easier to endure what you need to do to lose them. If you’ve always dreamed of running a marathon, the training it will take you to get there will be worth it to fulfill that dream. No joy in the results = no results.
Resolutions are great things. They help us set our sights on our best selves. So let’s make them count!
Happy New Year!