So we’ve covered a lot of topics during this Resolutions series, but we’ve saved the biggest question for last- how the heck do you make it past February? Each year people come up with some great resolutions and often times are hard pressed to keep them going after a few weeks. To help everyone be their “New Year, New You” this time around, we’ve got some great ideas for forming new habits and realizing your goals!
Believe In Yourself
The hardest thing is actually just getting started. Come up with an attainable goal and just take the leap and go for it!
Make sure to tell some friends or family about your resolutions. Not only will this maybe find you a buddy with the same goal, but it will give you that accountability. The people you tell will ask you how it’s going, and there’s some great motivation in those check-ins.
Remember Your Why
Knowing that you shouldn’t eat that extra cookie isn’t enough to actually stop most people. But remembering that you wanted to cut back on sugar because you feel better when your BS is lower and you will be more confident can be just the kick you need to skip the instant gratification of that last cookie.
If your goal is to hit the gym more often, try to go straight to the gym after work instead of heading home (where the pjs and couch are waiting!) first.
Get Visual Representation
Make a vision board or have a photo that reminds you of your goal and put it somewhere you will see it every day! Also be sure to either move it around or switch up the images as time goes by so it never falls into the background.
Change your Mindset
Think of the changes you are making as a new habit or a lifestyle is the best thing you can do. If you are “going on a diet” there is an implication that said diet will end. You’re playing the long game here, rather than a crash course.
Be Specific and Focused
If the resolution is to be healthier, that can leave you unsure of where to start. But if you decide that each month you are going to take on some aspect of your health and assign them this is creating a plan. For example, in January you start taking necessary vitamins and supplements, February you cut back on carbs, March you start going to the gym etc.
Let Go of the All or Nothing Attitude
If you put too much pressure on yourself to be perfect, your chances of success are significantly lower. And that brings us to the last tip!
If you do have a slip (or two or three!) during this process, it’s okay! We’ll repeat- it’s okay! Don’t think that one day of skipping your workout or one day eating Oreos means that you should just quit all together. Remember that tomorrow is a new day, remind yourself of the reasons why you wanted to make this change in the first place, and continue on with the process!
If you have any great tips for continuing your resolutions let us know in the comments below!