What’s your New Year’s resolution? More importantly, do you actually have a plan to accomplish it?
Many people are going to enter the year with great ambitions and like always, their New Year’s resolutions. Not a bad way to begin the new year, unfortunately, most people do not achieve their resolutions. In 2013, Forbes.com reported that only 8% of Americans actually accomplish their resolutions.
Creating resolutions can be a great tool to help motivate oneself and even begin to change behaviors, if done correctly. Too many times, the goals that are being set may be too overwhelming to actually tackle as a whole. For example, “I’m going to start working out and finally lose that extra stomach fat this year.” I’m pretty sure we’ve all had this one! That’s a big commitment for someone who isn’t used to going to the gym and eating healthy.
Instead, I recommend you set a reasonable 7-14 day fitness and nutrition plan you can commit to. Then continue to extend it until fitness and nutrition becomes a regular part of your routine.
Creating new behavioral patterns (and breaking negative ones) takes time, especially when we are talking about significant lifestyle changes. This simple approach is how how big goals can be accomplished because their are less overwhelming in the moment.
Here’s the kicker, after 7-10 days of eating healthier and exercising consistently, you’re gonna feel great, have more energy and want to do more! So do so, set a new goal, and celebrate your accomplishments (just not with a pizza party).
Weight loss is one example, but this goal-setting technique can be applied to most significant resolutions that require real lifestyle changes. So now that you have a plan, what is your New Year’s resolution?