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:
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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?