4 Ways to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions (really)

2 years ago, I made a New Year’s Resolution to get back into shape. This was the 3rd or 4th time I had made this resolution and didn’t really have a good track record of keeping my resolutions (by February I lost interest in the gym). 2 years ago was different though; I had moved to a new state, started a new job and had the opportunity to change my lifestyle instead of just adding new routines to it. After months of hard work, I lost weight, had a healthy diet, and felt amazing – I had actually accomplished my goal! It wasn’t easy, but this is what helped me get there:

 

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  1. It’s not going to happen over night - You’re not going to see results immediately; it took me almost a month and a half to see any changes.
  2. Set small goals year round - By setting small goals throughout the year, you’ll stay on track and stay motivated. While my year resolution was to get in shape, I set small monthly goals that I could accomplish (like trying a new gym class or running a new race).
  3. Do it for you – Make your own resolutions and goals for you, not just because your friend’s doing it. Everyone is different and what your friend wants for their life might not be the same as you. By choosing a resolution or goal you actually want, you’ll be more motivated to work towards it.
  4. Focus on your victories, learn from your mistakes – Nobody’s perfect (besides Ryan Gosling); you’ll have many victories and mistakes along the way. Learn from your mistakes,but don’t fixate on them – they’ll just get you down. Learn from them, move on, and remember your victories.

QOTD: Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?

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  1. Great tips! Love reminding everyone it doesn’t happen over night :)
    Madeline recently posted…Christmas 2012 RecapMy Profile

  2. I like the tip to break it into small pieces year round, that makes any goal so much more manageable!
    Laura recently posted…Wiaw Christmas Edition + Nutrition NuggetsMy Profile

  3. Great tip that it doesn’t happen over night! In the past I would set these big goals and get completely discouraged when I didn’t see immediate results. I haven’t decided on any New Year’s Resolutions yet, but I usually try to set one or two.
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  4. I love love love #3!!
    Laura recently posted…Workout WednesdayMy Profile

  5. All of your tips are dead on. Good for you making the commitment 2 years ago. I think when you’re ready, you can almost feel the motivation and determination bubble up in side. I do make resolutions. This year is to be more holistic about things. I’ve already started and can’t wait to keep it going.

  6. Great great post! I’m really big on setting small goals and then celebrating those as you go to keep yourself inspired to push forward.
    Tina recently posted…5 Full Days of CelebrationMy Profile

  7. Great tips! You made me laugh out loud (literally) with… “Nobody’s perfect (besides Ryan Gosling)”

  8. Great tips… sometimes people set goals to high for the whole year. Small steps is key.
    Pavement Runner recently posted…Photos from ChristmasMy Profile

  9. Your tips are very useful and practical as I also believe you can’t make changes just overnight. You need to make changes slowly in order to make as a part of your daily lifestyle.

  10. great tips….focusing on the victories is a big key to keep moving forward…and when we do fail….it’s not really failure as long as we are learning… great post
    Jason Curlee recently posted…Top 5 Fitness Posts of 2012My Profile

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