6 Ways To Jumpstart Your New Year's Resolution
With the new year coming up, it is a great time to reflect on your past year and set some resolutions to drive you through 2019. Only 9.2 percent of people achieved their New Year's Resolution in 2017 Setting good resolutions and developing a plan to help you follow through with them can help you beat this statistic and achieve your goals this year. Here are six ways to jumpstart your New Year's Resolution and help you see the results you want.
1. Find a why
Motivation is one of the first things to peter out after committing to a New Year's resolution. This is because it is easy to say you want to eat better or get more sleep without connecting your resolution to why it matters to you. Before you come up with your New Year's Resolution, be sure to answer the following questions to solidify why that resolution is even important to you. How specifically will your life improve if you make this change? Is this something that has been on your mind for a while, or are you just following a trend? Who else will benefit if you do this (friends, partner, children)? Why is this goal important to you at this stage in your life? What has held me back from achieving this in the past and what can I change to prevent that? Be sure to write down your answers to these questions, and any others that come to mind, so you have something to look back on to motivate yourself when things get challenging. It can be easy to look at generic motivational content, but seeing something personalized can be a stronger motivator.
2. Write down your goals, then break them dow
On the list of top 10 new year's resolutions are to eat healthier, save money and get more exercise. The issue here is that those are very broad goals with not much structure. Instead, choose a broad goal, like to exercise more, then break it down into a list of SMART goals. Your goals need to be:
This framework will make it easier to follow through with your resolutions. A SMART goal of going to the gym two times a week for a month is much less daunting than just telling yourself to exercise more. Then, be sure to write down your SMART goals in a place where you will see them every day, maybe on a sticky note on your bathroom mirror or on the fridge.
Before jumping head-first into your new exercise routine or nutrition plan, make sure you do extensive research. Figure out what programs or methods will be best for your abilities and specific goals and find out common pitfalls and how to avoid them. For example, if one of your New Year's Resolutions is to exercise more, find a workout plan you can follow that will get you to your specific goal of gaining muscle mass. Find out what methods have worked for other people. Research any supplements or dietary changes you can incorporate into your life to complement your workout routine. The more you know about how to reach your goals, the more likely you will be to succeed, and the more likely you will be to pick yourself up again when something does not go to plan because you know how to proceed.
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4. Commit to a timeline
If you have been setting the same resolution for the past few years only to forget about it by February, consider adding a timeline to your goal. New Year's resolutions can be very open-ended, making it harder to monitor if you are on track to achieve your goal. Instead, incorporate a timeline into your goal where you strive to meet checkpoints every few weeks or months. For example, if you are trying to lose weight this year, set a certain number of pounds you would like to lose per month to keep you on track (and be sure to research to establish a reasonable goal). Your timeline can even be on a small scale. If you are trying to drink more water this year, you can set an alarm on your phone to remind you to hydrate at the top of every hour.
5. Measure your success and reward yourself along the way
Another reason many people fail at their New Year's resolutions is that they don' t track their progress. Setting a New Year's resolution like exercise more has no clearly defined endpoint or way to measure progress. Instead, find ways to measure your success along the way and reward yourself for reaching those milestones. For every two weeks, you follow your gym schedule, you could treat yourself to a movie or for every mile more you can run without stopping, you could take a trip to the beach with friends. Finding ways to build measurable checkpoints - and rewards - into your New Years resolution will help keep you motivated and moving towards your goal.
6. Enlist a friend
Finally, if you are still finding it challenging to stick to your New Year's resolution and achieve your goal, find a friend to keep you accountable. If you are scheduled to be at the gym with your friend at 5pm every Tuesday and Thursday, you will be less likely to skip that gym session because someone else is depending on you. A friend can also motivate you by reminding you of your successes.
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By following these steps and paying careful attention to your New Year's resolutions, you can make 2019 the year you finally reach your goals and change your life for the better.