HOW TO (ACTUALLY) SUCCEED AT YOUR NEW YEAR’S HEALTH RESOLUTIONS

I was going to write this week’s blog article on why not to set New Year’s resolutions.  Did you achieve the resolutions you set last year?  Probably not.  Only about 8% of people achieve theirs.  It seems the hype and excitement of the New Year can fade, and fade fast!  But I also know that goals are valuable.  We need them to give us something to reach for, otherwise we just stay stagnant.  Vibrant health or a fit body doesn’t just happen, we set goals to get there.  And yes, the new year is a great time to start fresh, shed unhealthy habits, and set new goals in motion.  The issue is the way we set and attempt to achieve those goals.

 

 

  • FIGURE OUT YOUR WHY.

It’s not enough to just say “I want to lose 10 pounds” or “I want to have abs.”  Ask yourself why!  Why do you want to reach that goal?  What will reaching that goal give you?  There needs to be a strong emotional connection to your desired outcome.  It needs to be strong enough to get you out of bed at 5am to work out or strong enough to skip out on that delicious dessert at your favorite restaurant.  Maybe it’s that you want to have the energy to play and create memories with your children, or that you want to feel sexy and confident in your body?  Whatever it is for you, make sure it sets your heart and soul on fire!

 

  • BELIEVE YOU CAN.

Just believing you can achieve your goals will make you take different action.  So many of us have limited belief systems, such as “I’m just big boned.” or “I’m not athletic/a runner/a gym person.” or “Eating healthy is too hard/expensive/time-consuming.” Ask yourself what keeps you from getting in the best shape of your life?  That is your limiting belief.  What would happen if you decided to no longer believe that and believe something new instead?  Rewrite that belief into something positive, productive, and empowering.  Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.

 

  • SET ACTIONABLE GOALS, NOT HOPES.

So many New Year’s resolutions are simply hopes.  I hope I lose weight.  I hope I get healthy.  I hope I cook at home more often.  What do you need to do to achieve those hopes?  Set a goal of getting to the gym 5 times a week for 45 minutes or meal prepping every Sunday morning.  Once you’ve determined what those are, schedule them in your calendar!  Knowing what you have to do to get to your goal (and when) will make those hopes more attainable.

 

  • WRITE IT DOWN.

Studies show that just writing your goals and dreams down makes you 42% more likely to achieve them!  So write them down, and write them down often!

 

  • DETERMINE YOUR CHALLENGES.

One of the biggest mistakes I see people make when setting goals is they don’t think about all the challenges that are going to be thrown in front of them.  Trust me, there will be challenges!  What are you going to do when you have to eat out?  When you get busy? When your kid gets sick?  Play those scenarios out and determine how you will attack them.

 

  • DON’T STRIVE FOR PERFECTION (BUT GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE!).

This time of year is synonymous with being “perfect”.  I heard someone say the other day, “Once New Years comes, I’m going to eat so perfectly!”  When has that ever happened?  You’re just setting yourself up for failure.  It’s not about being perfect.  It’s about being consistent and doing the best you can every day.  Your goals and new habits should fit into your life, not be some 6-week detox plan you’re never going to stick to.  At the same time, you do need a goal that’s going to engage and push you.  There needs to be some level of risk and being uncomfortable in order for you to create something great.

  • ASK FOR HELP.

Achieving our goals is so much easier when we have people on our team to support us. Whether this is a family member that will help us meal prep or a gym buddy to help keep us accountable, having support makes us way more likely to succeed.  Don’t be afraid to ask for a little support!  But, be sure to ask for help from someone with the right resources.  Hiring a personal trainer and/or a health coach could be invaluable.  Look for someone who has been where you are going, or someone who has the knowledge to get you from point A to point B, someone who can guide you in unknown territory, support, and encourage you.

 

There is no guarantee you’ll achieve all of your health and fitness goals in 2018, but hopefully these tips will help to improve your odds.

 

What are your New Year’s health resolutions?  Comment below!

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