As I said in my last post, it’s now July and some of you may still be wondering what happened to those lovely New Year’s resolutions you made. Well, you are not the only one. We almost all do it. We make New Year’s resolutions to get healthy, to exercise more and to live a more happy and positive life. Then, as they say, life happens. We fall off the ball and eventually we’re right back where we started a year ago.
Sometimes it’s just a matter of losing our motivation to continue. Reaching the goal might be taking longer than we hoped or harder than we anticipated. But there are things we can do to boost our motivation along the way.
Tell other people about your goal or invite them to join you.
Work on taking small steps every day that leads you towards your goal.
Celebrate your success at preset milestones. Did you go to the gym every day this week? Then treat yourself by going out with friends and don’t be afraid to brag about your success.
Work on changing your thought patterns as you work on the new behavior. If you don’t change how you think about eating healthy, you will likely have trouble maintaining it.
Have fun and laugh at yourself when you slip. But get back on track as soon as you can.
The statistics are scary. If only eight percent of people setting New Year’s resolutions are able to achieve them, then why do so many attempt them year after year and fail? It’s not because they are lazy. Often it’s simply because we set too high a goal or try to achieve too many resolutions at once.
Achieving your goals is a lot like taking a long trip. You wouldn’t set out without a plan on how you were going to get there, where you’d be staying or even what you planned to take with you.
So when you find yourself slipping, take the time to reassess and revamp the plan on how you are going to reach that health goal. Hit the gym, turn down that piece of cake and eat less processed foods. Give yourself a reward, and then get out and do it all over again tomorrow. It’ll be worth it when you finally achieve it.
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