Welcome to the Resolution!
New Years Resolutions, they are fun to make and a pain in the butt to accomplish. If you’re like most of us, you look at the new year as a fresh start, saying to yourself
“I’m really going to do it this year!“
and then, as if it was inevitable, you fall flat on your face. That is why New Years Resolutions are a double edged sword. They are great in theory, fun to talk about, and more often than not, we do not accomplish them. We go at them with great intentions and for a little while we do really well. But, eventually life catches back up with us and we slowly lose steam. So what do we do about it? Do we blame others? Pay someone to do it for us? Buy into a cheap program promising profound and exciting results? Nope! You don’t have to do any of that. You can do it all by yourself, and you don’t have to pay anyone! I have 5 things that I do to accomplish goals in my life and it works great! Now I will share them with you.
Here are 5 ways to make your resolutions happen!
1. Make Goals.
I mean real goals! It is not realistic to lose 60 pounds in one month and grow a bunch of muscle at the same time. But giving yourself 3 months to accomplish 5 workouts a week, consume no alcohol, sugar, or fast food is very realistic.
The UN-realistic Goal is superficial and gives no way to accomplish it, which can lead to failure, and no one likes to fail.
The Realistic Goal is specific and purpose built. I like to follow the SMART Acronym.
S ~ Specific
M ~ Measurable
A ~ Attainable
R ~ Realistic
T ~ Timely
2. Write your goals down.
Sounds silly, but it works. Once they are written down you can photocopy them and place them all over your house as a constant reminder of what you really want in life. If your goal is to not consume alcohol for 3 months, put the goals list on your fridge and liquor cabinet! Consistency is key to meeting goals, so post away!
3. Use technology.
We all walk around with a computer in our pocket. Use that cell phone you love to Snap chat, Facebook, and Instagram on so much with and start setting calendar events and reminders. Also there are thousands of apps that can help you in achieving your goals. One of my personal favorites is MyFitnessPal. It is a super useful food tracker. It does many things but I will talk about it more in another blog.
Taking pictures! Taking a before and after picture is another way to hold yourself accountable. If your goal was to go to the gym 5 days a week, you don’t have to go full Instagram mode with your pictures, just take a photo with a time and date stamp. Conveniently, those pictures will help you see your physical progress, or lack there of, as you move forward, allowing you to reassess your progress and goals as necessary.
4. Don’t let your goals consume your whole life.
This may sound counter intuitive, and sometimes it can be. But, burning out is what makes a lot of people quit something before they accomplish it. You only have one life to live and making the best of it should be done as much as possible.
Say your invited out to dinner and not only is it during gym time, but it’s also at a place that is not diet friendly. You can still go! But you will need to do 2 things.
1. Adjust your time that you go to the gym, or maybe do a home workout instead.
2. Eat before you go.
This way you get what you need physically, nutritionally, and you can have fun going out!
5. Continue to make new goals.
Now you may be thinking this sounds like a lot of work, but it really doesn’t have to be. Goals can be whatever you want them to be. Say your 3 month goal is to go to the gym 5 days a week. As you approach your last 2 weeks, start brainstorming new goals like, continue going to the gym 5 days week and eating out only once per week for 3 months. Then write it down! That’s it, all done!
There you have it! 5 ways to accomplish those new years resolutions. Now I referenced healthy body and wellness goals, but using those 5 steps can apply to any aspect in life. Want to buy that new gaming system, or maybe a new car, make a S.M.A.R.T goal! And remember, growth is good. Have a great new year and good luck!