The end of the year is a great time for some self-reflection. Have you accomplished what you wanted to do? Did you achieve your goals? Maybe you became a better person, got rid of negativity and had a more positive outlook on life.
Unfortunately, some of us make an enormous New Year’s “to-do” list. The downside of this is that we may be putting too much pressure on ourselves and find out that we have a hard time sticking to them as the year progresses. However, I do applaud these over-achievers!
In my case, I’m more of a go-with-the-flow type of chick. My trick is to make small resolutions here and there and one major self-improvement resolution. For instance, my self-improvement resolution was to be happier, relax, and find joy and peacefulness in all situations. Focusing on one major resolution helped me get through my smaller tasks with a lot more focus. I can definitely say I’m a much calmer and more in tune with my inner-self than I was over a year ago.
But for the rest of you who have trouble with sticking to your resolutions, here are a few helpful tips that will get you started on your resolutions and keep you going throughout the year.
1. Write it Down
Avoid committing to just memory. There are so many things we think about a day…We can’t keep track of everything! Instead write it out with pride and post it where you and everyone else will see it every day. So that goal to eat cookies and chips once every two weeks will be smack in front of your face when you reach to open the forbidden snack drawer.
2. Keep it Realistic
We’re all dreamers here. I’m a big one. But dreams only happen in our sleep and usually not in real life. Of course you have dreams and aspirations but you need to take baby steps first. Weight loss is a huge goal that must be kept realistic. I’ve had clients that want to lose 10lbs in the first week….Really? Yea, it totally sounds great in infomercials but it’s neither realistic nor healthy. 1-2lbs a week is more realistic. If you want to lose it and keep it off, then choose to keep your goals REAL.
3. Have a Support System
Whether it is from friends or an expert, a support system is a great way to keep you on track, focused and motivated to meet your goals. Friends will always be there to get you energized and back on track if you have fallen off. It’s always good to seek advice from an expert so you know what you’re doing is right. Higher a personal trainer if you have fitness goals or a nutritionist if you want to eat better and lose weight. All of these support systems want to see you succeed.
4. Set Yourself up for Success
Think positively! And make sure you have all your resources to achieve your goals. If you’re trying to eat less processed food, throw that crap out ASAP! Get it out of your house and replace it with whole foods. Berries are an awesome way to satisfy those sweet tooth cravings. Eat them only or toss them into a smoothie.
5. Remember to Reward Yourself
Treat yourself to something good when your resolution has been met and your new goal has become a habit. I always buy a new pair of shoes or get a facial and massage. Go out and spoil yourself…You’ve deserved it.