by Gwen Poillucci
Every New Year, many of us decide that this is the year that we will make a change to improve our health and well-being. It has been six months since we said hello to 2015, so the question we must ask ourselves is, are our New Year’s Resolutions still on track? For many of us, that answer is going to be no. Year after year we make promises to ourselves only to lose the motivation, drive, and interest in what we set out to achieve. This year does not have to be yet another year that our New Year’s Resolutions are put away shortly after our Christmas trees are kicked to the curb. Whether your New Year’s Resolution never really took off, you lost focus a few weeks into the year, or your currently considering giving it up all together, here are some tips to keep your New Year’s Resolution alive all year long.
- Focus on your plan
Maybe you never made a plan to begin with or it slowly went farther and farther down the drain as the days beyond January 1st came and went, now is the time to put a plan into action. Take some time to adjust your expectations for yourself and identify what realistic goals are. Did you promise that you would exercise one hour every day but can’t possibly find time in your schedule to do that? Re-evaluate what is doable and start working toward it. Make a solid plan according to this and stick to it. When you start to lose motivation, let your plan be a reminder of what you want to achieve.
- Break Up the Year
The idea of doing something new for a whole year can be daunting for many. Instead of making a goal to achieve by the end of 2015, break the year into benchmarks. Decide you want to achieve my each benchmark so that you can see how close you are to your goal and adjust accordingly.
- Provide Accountability
It is easy to slack off when you aren’t holding yourself up to the standards you set and there is nothing to kick you in the butt when you start to falter. Trying to lose weight? Schedule weight check-ins for yourself at the end of each week to see where you stand and how much closer you are to your goal. Want to gain muscle? Measure the muscle groups you want to work on at regular intervals and write down the results. If your own personal drive isn’t enough, tell someone about your resolution and ask them to check in with you on how it is going every so often. No one wants to relay bad results or failure, so this will provide constant motivation.
- Accept Failure
One of the biggest reasons that New Year’s Resolutions flounder is because we often take a single failure as failure of our entire goal. By accepting that the year may be filled with roadblocks and adversity, we are more likely to continue on our journey even after a bump in the road. No New Year’s Resolution is fool proof so use failure as a means to come back even stronger.
It is not too late to resurrect your New Year’s Resolution if need be. Remember why you made the resolution in the first place and use the tips above to get back on track. Make 2015 the year you reach your health and wellness goals.