I used to make them all the time. The standard “lose weight and get healthy” yadda yadda yadda. And I’m a planner, so I’d really map things out and have a good launching pad heading into the new year.
Ladies, there were literally years where I’d be losing grip on my New Year’s resolution by January 3rd.
Why do we struggle so much when it comes to this kind of commitment? New Year’s resolutions are supposed to be a point of emphasis for making our lives BETTER! I mean, I’ve made a career out of improving other peoples businesses and lives…yet given the choice between kettle bells and kettle chips, I fold like a lawn chair.
In theory, New Year’s resolutions are great goal-setting initiatives. So, after years of failed attempts, I found a workaround – which I talk about more in this episode of the EmpowerUp podcast.
Here’s how I’ve made achieving these types of goals way easier:
- Consistent, SMALL steps in the right direction throughout the year. I’ve stopped putting “I’m gonna lose 25 pounds” out there, but rather “I’m going to move 5 minutes a day” instead. I did this last year. Prior to that, I did hardly any daily activity at all. But over the year, that small action turned into a habit. And when things become a habit, they’re hard to quit. There are multiple ways of losing weight and improving your health that don’t involve weights and intense cardio.
- Tell someone your goal – no matter how small. I know I often struggle at being accountable to myself. But I’m steadfast in honouring my word to someone else.
- Celebrate EVERYTHING! If you go a week without chips, tell a friend! If they understand what that means to you, they’ll celebrate with you.
- Don’t beat yourself up and bail on your goal because you got a bit off track. This is negotiating yourself down.
There may only be one January 1st, but there’s 364 other chances to start toward achieving goals every year.
Heck, there’s even a bonus day this February to make 2020 your most successful year yet!