New Year, New Me?
It’s the new year and it’s time to start working on those resolutions you set for yourself.
If you are like most, your new year’s resolutions are probably geared towards being a better version of yourself. Usually, this includes you choosing to live a healthier lifestyle than the one you’ve been living before.
For some of us, your goal this year may be to lose XX amount of weight or maybe you decide that 2019 is the year you are going to run your first 5k or marathon (for those ambitious folks out there 😉 ) or maybe your resolution is to just be more active and choose healthier food choices.
Whatever your goal may be, it’s important to put together an action plan so that you will be able to achieve the goals you have set for yourself. I wanted to share with you some of my tips on how I am able to stick with resolutions for the entire year which I hope will be helpful for you too.
1. Set a Goal
This one may be a no brainer but hear me out.
In order to set yourself up for success, you have to make sure you pick a resolution you know you will be able to accomplish and is realistic. It is also important to give yourself specific deadlines for when you would like to achieve those goals. For example, it’s one thing to want to lose weight this year, but, you’ll find more success in achieving this goal if you make it more specific. Instead, try setting a goal for yourself such as “I am determined to lose pounds in the next two months” or “I am going to work hard and lose 1 pound per week for the next 4 weeks.”
By doing this, you have given yourself a timeline for when you would like to complete the goal which will help keep you motivated and bring you one step closer to completing this. Anything is possible when you set realist expectations, have the right mindset, and are willing to put in the hard work.
2. Write Down An Action Plan
Once you have decided what your goal is and when you would like to achieve this by, next you will want to create an action plan to help you follow through with your resolutions. This may require that you spend some time doing research so you can learn how you execute this plan.
By creating this, you can give yourself daily and/or weekly goals to reach and you can even set milestones depending on the length of time your goal is for. This can help keep you organized and motivated which will help you reach your goals. It can also help to keep you accountable which I will explain more in my next tip.
Here are some examples of ways you can keep yourself organize so you can achieve your goals:
Buy a Planner
Purchase a planner that contains both the month and a break down of each day/week. At the beginning of each new month, go through the upcoming days/weeks and write down what you are going to achieve on that day or week. Create meal plans and work out regimens and list them down. When you create a plan, you are more likely to follow through with it.
Use calendars and set reminders on your smart phone and desktop
If you have a smartphone or use a computer you may want to skip out on purchasing a planner and use your phone instead. Hey, it’s free and it already make sense if you are on that device already right?
If you are anything like me then you may have already realized that planners do not work for you and you end up throwing them out by the end of the year since you realized you never used it. If this is you, that is okay, but you should consider using your phone or computer instead to make your plan and also be not so wasteful. 🙂
The biggest difference between purchasing a planner versus using your phone, for example, is that you will be able to set up reminders or alerts to on your device which you may find helpful if you ever need a reminder or an extra push in getting your task done.
3. Hold Yourself Accountable
Now that you have decided what your goal is, when you plan to achieve your goal and how you are going to achieve this, the last step you will need to do is hold yourself accountable.
For most of us, the only person who is holding us back is ourselves. Sure, your goal this year may be to lose weight and let’s say you decided you are going to lose 5 pounds in two months. You created a meal plan for 8 weeks and wrote down work out regimens, but, then you never follow through or you follow your plan only half the time.
When you do not hold yourself accountable, you will never see the results you are truly looking for and you will be disappointed. You will find yourself in the same position you were in at the beginning of the year and no goal achieved. Luckily you can prevent this by making sure you follow through with your plans and work hard at achieving your goals.
Remember, no one is going to help you accomplish your goals besides yourself. Hard work does pay off but it takes a lot of discipline which you can do. Make 2019 the year you started doing and became the best version of yourself.