The beginning of the year brings ambitious resolutions, and eight weeks later, reality sets in. Life doesn’t seem to care about your goals for weight loss, eating habits, or physical and emotional well-being. The kids still need to be dropped off, the house still needs to be cleaned, and your employer requires office hours. According to Statistic Brain Research Institute, less than 10% of people who make resolutions reach their goal. Now that the rubber has met the road and the initial excitement is long gone, the real push for a healthier you can begin. Here are a few tips to set you apart from the crowd so you won’t just become another “Resolutionary”.
Exactly what was it that got you started in the first place? Most likely it was a deep desire to look and feel better. It wasn’t a date on the calendar but a stirring in your heart. Remind yourself of your ‘why’ until the excitement returns and the sacrifices are worth it again.
What are your long-term and short-term goals? Don’t get bogged down by lack of visible progress. For instance, if you want to lose 20lbs in 2016, break it down into monthly goals, and again into weekly goals. If you want to run a 5k in under 30 minutes, begin setting short-term goals that shave time off gradually over a few weeks. The brain and body function as a reward center. When you reach your goals for the week or month, celebrate your success with a special meal or night on the town.
Don’t try it alone. Find someone to exercise with, or join a class. Classes keep you motivated and accountable to daily or weekly goals. Surround yourself with other like-minded individuals all working towards a common goal.
People are constantly saying they don’t have enough time in the day to exercise or cook a meal. It’s interesting that many of those same people have time to watch 2 hours of a favorite sitcom every week or browse Facebook 7 hours a day, yet can’t commit to 30 minutes of exercising or cooking a healthier meal. What is REALLY important to your overall well-being? Make necessary sacrifices and invest time and energy in what really matters to you.
Defeat and self-criticism are the ultimate dream killers. You won’t always reach short-term goals, but don’t beat yourself up for it. It’s being human. The key to overcoming setbacks is not dwelling on them, but moving on. Just because you lose a battle doesn’t mean you lost the war. The only way you lose is by giving up. If you don’t quit, you always win.
So what is it going to be for 2016? Are you going to be a statistic of defeat or a standout? The decision is yours!