February is coming to a close, and some of those millions of New Year’s Resolutions are on their way to achievement. However, by this time, another 156 million people will have given up on their goals. Of the people who created ambitious goals for 2020, only 12% will ever taste victory. With ten more months left, you can kick start your resolutions with our tips to help you stay consistent.
Find Your Own Resolution
When New Year’s comes around, resolutions are all the rage. The most common New Year’s resolutions are “losing weight” and “being healthier”. If you’re having trouble staying with your goal, it could be because you’ve hopped on the train with everyone else’s resolutions and not your own. Finding your own goal comes down to what you want to accomplish – running a mile, practicing meditation, doing yoga, eating more vegetables, draw more, start a business – you choose. Following the trend will not make you happy and will in fact make you more stressed and disappointed.
Stay Accountable With Support
If you’ve figured out your own goal, a good test is accountability. Some people like having a friend as their support while others hire a professional. The biggest thing though is if you’re not willing to pay professionals or to go workout with your friend, it may not be your goal you’re working towards. On the other hand, someone keeping you accountable to show up at the gym or eat your vegetables will help you stay consistent and committed in reaching your resolution.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
The process of changing a habit seems like it should just appear with a snap of your fingers. Changing your lifestyle is not magic; it takes time. When setting a goal, the excitement of reaching that said goal overwhelms us so much that we instantly want to be at the finish line. That’s not the case. By slowly changing your habits and being consistent, you will actually cross that finish line. Just remember to “trust the process” even if you’re steps are small, you’re still moving forward.
Once Change at a Time
The mindset of “all or nothing” can cause burnout and confusion. If you’re finding it difficult to stick to your resolution, you could be focusing on too many changes at once. For example, if you’re trying to eat your vegetables and work out four times a week and meditate every day all at once, you may feel discouraged and overwhelmed. I’m not saying it’s impossible to do all these goals, but if you’re new to all those habits, your body will go into shock with so many changes. By implementing one behavior change at a time, you can reach your goals easier without discouragement and confusion. With 2020 just beginning, you can add another habit to your lifestyle in a few months or several weeks as soon as you get the hang of the first one.
Break Down Your Big Goal
If you dove into seven workouts a week and are coming home exhausted, then of course you would give up on your resolution. Instead of a cannonball, try dipping your toe into the water by going to the gym three times a week for thirty minutes each. If you’re focusing on nutrition, try reaching for a healthy fruit for dessert or skip the afternoon sugary beverage. Every small step will lead to another step that can bring you closer to your resolution. It will help to break down your goals so that you can stick to them more easily. This can also help you track your progress in reaching your goals and see what you need to do differently or what is working well.
How Do You Create Achievable New Year’s Resolutions?
Setting a New Year’s resolution typically involves long-term goals or the “big picture” as a desired future outcome that may take a year or longer to complete, such as living healthier. In order to reach these big goals, short-term goals can help you break down this massive overhaul by being specific and manageable such as running a mile or losing five pounds. Further breaking down the short-term goal is to create SMART goals which are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. By taking bites out of your long-term goal, you are more likely to be the 12% of people who created New Year’s resolutions to achieve them.
New Year’s resolutions are not only designed for January 1st. Goals can be set and changed any time of the year, whether it is now or in August. Changing your lifestyle takes time and with our tips, you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. If your resolutions involve eating better and living a healthier life, we invite you to check out Natural Recovery Greens and see how our simple-to-take greens drink makes it easy for you to get the superfoods, BCAAs and probiotics you need, every single day.