January is around the corner and you decide to finish your New Year’s resolution from last year before the new one comes around. You rush and try your best but you just cannot do it and just decide to restart it again this year. Why? What happened to your goal of looking like a fitness model before 2016 ends? Do not feel bad though, because you are not the only one. According to Forbes.com, from the 40% of Americans who actually do New Year’s resolutions, only 8% achieve their goals. Do you want to continue to be that 32% or make a true effort and be the 8%? It is all up to you, but here are some tips that can help.
First of all, do not make resolutions each year a tradition, make them an achievable goal. Make sure that it fits your time schedule, but if it does not fit everyday then no worries. Imagine that your goal is to build muscle and you intend to go everyday to the gym. First few days go by and everything is going well but on your fourth day you have to stay longer at work or have an exam in school, and you neglect your workout. You might even miss two days and now you get frustrated because you think you have lost your momentum and you have failed. It is not the end of the world, get up and keep going. Everyone is going to have set backs but it is all totally normal. As long as you do your best and leave the excuses aside, you will be able to do anything.
Make your fitness resolution public; share it on all your social media. What? Yes, let everyone know that your goal is to lose 20 pounds this year, etc. Whatever is your goal let everyone know because this will compromise you even more to find the proper way of succeeding. People will remind you every time you go to work or school and they will also compliment you when they start to see changes. What better motivation than when people say, “Wow! You look amazing, I hardly recognized you.” That sure is a self-esteem boost and a push for you to continue doing what you do.
Challenge your best friend or work buddy who have similar goals. Have them on your favorites list on your phone and when you wake up early to exercise or have your first meal, call them. They might still be sleeping but you both accepted to do anything to accomplish your goals. Try to go to the gym together and motivate each other. One day your buddy surpasses you by doing more weight on the bench press but you surpass them on the leg press. Now, each of you has a weak point and something to continuously work harder on.
Last but not least, break down your goal into small objectives in order to see faster results. Let us take again the weight loss example to explain this. You want to lose 20 pounds, but losing weight might be something new for you. Your short-term goal should be to lose between 1.5 to 2 pounds per month. If you lose more per month then that already is a plus and easy motivation for you to keep on working hard. The idea is that when you see 20 it might look like a big number and therefore hard to attain, but when you see 1.5 or 2 it seems more realistic even though is it the same in the long run.
So, what are you going to do this year? Are you going to follow the crowd or are you going to be the role model for others next year? It is your decision, but remember that only you have the power to control your actions. Hope everyone has safe and jolly holidays with all of your family and friends, and a blessed Happy New Year’s to all.