Increase Success by Starting New Year’s Resolution Early
The time of the year is just around the corner... You know, when most of us turn over a new leaf and look forward to changing our lives for the better. Yes, it is the arrival of the New Year and New Year's Resolutions! But why wait until New Year's Eve to make this decision? Accelerate and increase success by starting your New Year's resolution early!
The time of the year is just around the corner... You know, the time where most of us turn over a new leaf and look forward to changing our lives for the better. Yes, it is the arrival of the New Year! But did you know 92 percent of New Year's goals fail by January 15th? Undoubtedly, one of the biggest promises people seem to make after the clock strikes midnight is, "I'm going to lose weight and be healthier!" But why wait until New Year's Eve to make this decision? Accelerate and increase success by starting your New Year's resolution early!
Do Not Wait Until the First of the Month
(Or last minute for the matter...) Why wait until the first of the year to start a resolution? Is it to still enjoy the tempting foods of the holidays without feeling too much guilt or simply desire the synergy of other resolution starters? Whatever the reason, why not start now? Tackle a little bit at a time, including starting to shop healthier and cooking a few new recipes each week. Even after about three weeks (it takes 21 days to build a new habit, remember?), the first of the year will not feel like such a dramatic change. And can you imagine what consistency of healthy behaviors will look like in three months and years?
Be Reasonable with Standards
While it is admirable to set high standards for yourself, it is more important to be reasonable and implement strategies that will actually take place. Realistically, if you know making it into the gym all seven days of the week is a far stretch, do not agree to such unlikely standards. When making unrealistic promises and realizing and discovering their follow through is not occurring, your motivation can subsequently be compromised and send progress through a downward spiral. Also, stick to just one thing at a time, as selecting multiple tasks to tackle can be extremely overwhelming and unreasonable, especially if your daily schedule is busy as is.
Let the World Know
Well, maybe not the entire world... But writing down your goals and telling your close friends and family members can assist in your success. In fact, research shows those who write down their goals on paper are 50 percent more likely to follow through with them! Visual and concrete goals limit their vagueness, keep you accountable, and set you up for success no matter when you decide to start your resolution. Keeping others in the know allows them the opportunity to assist, support, and potentially even join you!
Craft Your Plan
Along with writing down your resolution, actually sit down and plan it out. A goal without a well-formulated action strategy is likely to sit still. So buckle up in the front seat and get the wheels turning it by crafting a personalized and realistic schedule. For example, if creating a New Year's resolution workout plan, think about what what days work best for workouts and structured exercises. Likewise, though planning eases the process, it is also important to accept when things do not go according to plan. So rather than getting frustrated and throwing in the towel completely, readapt your plan and move on accordingly.
Walk Before Running
"We must learn to walk before we can run." And as cliché as it may sound, Rome was not build in a day and we must learn the basic skills before moving onto more complex proficiencies. So rather than signing up for a half marathon without any sort of running experience, select a race more in your playing field. Not only will doing so lessen your risk for injury and frustration, but set you up for greater success no matter what resolution you choose!