Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions
The month of January has almost passed us by and chances are those well-meaning New Year’s resolutions have all but flown out the window.
If you feel like throwing in the towel completely just remember: No goal is met without going off track. Even if you feel that you have failed yourself, you can always take steps to get back in the groove and accomplish those goals you set for the new year.
Here are some tips for getting yourself back on the road to success and kicking those goals right in the rear end:
Find Out What Caused You to Fail
If you set out to achieve a goal this year and already find yourself failing miserably, then it is important to figure out why.
Are you unable to stick to a meal plan because you have a hard time organizing what to cook?
Is going to the gym a struggle because your couch and Netflix are more appealing?
Is your budget out of control because you’re an online shopping junkie?
Getting to the root of the problem is the first step in figuring out how to re-calibrate your goal and the process of getting there.
Create a New Action Plan
Sometimes the biggest problem we have with reaching goals is that we do not come up with a plan to do so. We kind of say, “This is what I’m going to do,” and leave it up to ourselves to wing it.
But even if you do outline a plan to reach your goals, so many factors can throw you off-course.
When this happens, it’s obvious that the course of action we initially chose is not effective in reaching our goal. Getting back on track means figuring out a new plan that will work better with our lifestyles.
If Netflix is holding you hostage, maybe it’s time to cancel your subscription.
Spending a little bit of money on online meal plan may give you the inspiration you need to go on your own.
Shutting down your Amazon account may be the answer to your online spending.
Pushing through to reach your New Year’s resolution may simply be a matter of eliminating the roadblocks that are holding you back.
Break It Down or Find a New Goal
Oftentimes we set very high goals for ourselves and are unable to reach them.
Perhaps it’s time to break that goal down into smaller steps. Losing 100 pounds may be ambitious, but 10 pounds in one month may be more doable.
Unfortunately, some goals are not achievable. I’d love to believe I can do anything I set my mind to, but I’ll never be an astronaut or heart surgeon.
If you’re aiming too high, it may be that you need to set a new goal.
Meal planning can be overwhelming. Perhaps you can try to instead incorporate more fresh vegetables into your diet.
Cutting out the source of your spending may be too much too soon. Try instead to commit to putting away a certain amount in savings each month – this will leave you with less to spend.
Finding the gumption to get the gym can be daunting. Check out some at-home workouts on YouTube that you can do right in front of the couch – before collapsing onto it when you’re done.
Find an Accountability Buddy
Although the focus of reaching your goals should be on yourself and for no one else, it helps to have someone by your side to motivate you and keep you on track.
Find a friend, co-worker, relative or even online group to hold yourself accountable to. Tell them what your goal and action plan is and be honest with them when you deviate from it.
Bonus points if you hook up with someone that has the same goal as you!