We have all been there: feeling super motivated about the new year, new beginnings, and the new you that is going to let nothing get in your way of completely rocking the coming year.
And then, a month or so in, things change. The motivation has sizzled out, the time you carved out in your schedule to focus on that resolution has been replaced by other things, and just like that, the “new you” you swore would happen has already given up.
So how do you not let that happen? How do you keep your New Year’s resolutions more than just a month into 2020?
Here are some great tips to follow so that you can achieve your goals this year.
1. Don’t just wing it
Think in advance of what you want your New Year’s resolution to be and make actual plans to ensure it happens. Don’t just think of something an hour before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s eve and expect it to stick.
Here are some ways you can plan:
- Write your goal down in a place you’ll see it every day. This will serve as a constant reminder.
- Make a list of what you need to do to achieve that goal.
- Note things that may get in the way of you achieving your goal, and how you plan to push through those barriers.
2. Choose a new resolution
If you’re trying to repeat the same resolution you failed last year, forget it. The chances of it happening if your brain and body are already used to failing are pretty slim.
Instead, think of a new approach or a completely different resolution. Doing this will increase your chances of being successful.
3. Baby steps
Making too big of changes to your life in order to keep your New Year’s resolution is going to make it harder for you to stick to the new you. Instead, make small slow changes that help you reach your goal.
Looking at something big right in the face can be overwhelming, and that is not how you want to start your new year.
Take a moment to write down an action plan of how you will reach the big goal at the end.
4. Don’t let mistakes ruin your goals
One step forward, two steps back. It happens to everyone. So if you mess up with your New Year’s resolution, don’t just give up. Get back on the horse and ride it through the rest of the year.
It isn’t going to be a path of no resistance to you reaching this new goal and a new you, so be gentle with yourself when things get derailed.
5. Focus on just one resolution
Chances are good there are a few things you’d like to change in order to be the best version of yourself. However, trying to do too many things at once is going to set you up for disaster. You’ll be spreading yourself too thin and you’ll quickly get overwhelmed.
Rather, focus on one goal and you’ll find yourself being much more successful.
6. Choose a specific goal
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight and while we think that is a good goal to have, with something as vague as “lose weight,” you are not going to get very far.
Instead, pick exactly how much weight you want to lose so that you can see actual measurable results.
Choosing something specific also makes it easier for you to develop a plan, like we mentioned above.
7. Get a support system
Sticking to major changes can be hard, but with a supporting team behind you, it will be much easier.
Reach out to friends and family and let them know about your New Year’s resolution. They can help hold you accountable and keep you on the path to succeeding when you really feel like you’re struggling.
If your New Year’s resolution involves exercise, look to Pilates Platinum! We can help you kickstart your new year and new you with a great support system in tow.