It’s so easy to get swept up in the “New Year, New Me!” mantra that resurfaces each January. But, staring down a resolutions list as long as that holiday shopping list is no way to start fresh! If you’re determined to make this year’s resolutions last, we’ve got 5 must-have tips for 2018 success.
It may sound counterintuitive, but setting small goals will take you much further than one huge goal! Take weight loss, for example. The weight you want to lose didn’t just appear, right? There were a lot of choices over time that brought you here, and you’ll have to tackle those habits as you progress. The solution? Instead of thinking you’ve got 20 pounds to lose, think about how you can lose the first 2 pounds by replacing a sweet with a piece of fruit instead!
One Behavior At A Time
It takes time to establish behaviors, so it only makes sense that it is going to take time to re-establish healthier ones! Especially when you’re tackling a larger goal, it helps to break down the goal by individual behaviors to understand which needs to be tackled first. For instance, exercising more can begin with parking further from the door at work and choosing stairs over the elevator!
Write It Out
Keeping a journal is something that helps many stick to their goals! Whether you prefer a Bullet Journal, planner, or simply something that offers a bit more structure, writing each day is a great way to find areas where you’re excelling and can give you insight into the areas where you may need a little extra support. Especially for weight loss, a Health Guide can identify habits and tendencies that could be pulling you off-track!
Progress, Not Perfection
Perfection isn’t attainable, and it definitely isn’t a goal to beat yourself up over not reaching! Small missteps and stumbles are normal, and they are going to happen no matter how many plans you have in place. Don’t give up because you snagged a fry and broke your clean streak or skipped the gym because you were kept late at work. Everyone messes up, so get back on your feet, recover from your mistakes, and get back to it!
Ask for Help
Changing habits is hard! Consider joining a support group, program, or reaching out to a coach or trainer! You could even reach out to a friend to join your workout class or a group of coworkers to join you in quitting smoking. Having someone to share the little things with makes your journey to a healthier you that much easier!
It’s important to remember that your January resolutions don’t have to mean a lifestyle overhaul. If you’ve already fallen off the bandwagon, use February to hop back on + start making moves towards your next goal!