How to Stick to New Years Resolutions
Now that we are almost a couple of weeks into the new year, I thought it might be a good time to write a blog on New Year’s Resolutions because a couple of weeks into the year is when most people start to lose interest and motivation in doing their New Year’s Resolutions. This often happens because we tend to be lofty in our goals and bite off more than we can chew by either creating too many goals or creating goals that are a little too ambitious. Or we start strong for a few days then miss a couple or few days and give up on our resolutions altogether, which is a mistake just like the first others. Only eight percent of people actually achieve their resolutions! I wanted to write this blog to help everyone to see their goals become reality.
Modification May Be Needed – And That’s OK
Don’t be afraid to modify your resolutions if you need to modify them in order to make them obtainable. If you set a goal to work out at least one hour per day you may find that you have over committed. Also, when you have not exercised this strenuously in months you will find yourself very sore after a few days, maybe even unable to exercise at all. For this reason it is good to keep in mind that you can modify your goals if the ones that you set at first were a little too ambitious. It is not bad to be so ambitious, but you also have to be realistic. It is also important to realize that Rome was not built in a day, and neither was the Great Wall of China. So if you have to modify your resolution to exercise every other day or to eliminate 50% of your favorite junk food instead of all of it feel free to. Remember every step you take is a step closer to realizing your end goal. Take it one step at a time.
Be Consistent – But Also Be Reasonable
Have you ever noticed how hard it is to break a habit, whether good habit, bad habit, or neutral habit? That is because we are inherently creatures of habit. Our subconscious takes over for us so that we do things automatically. This makes it tough to break a bad habit such as overeating, or smoking, as examples. But the great thing is: you can also use habits for your GOOD! Exercising or eating healthily can become so ingrained in you, you just do in naturally. Vegetarians that I have spoken with are often surprised how after a few months they just automatically order foods without meat, without even thinking about it at all, because it has been ingrained in them.
Research shows that it takes just 21 days for any habit to be deeply formed. In order for a new habit to become engrained in someone, consistency is key! Be as consistent as possible. If your plan is to exercise every day for 20 or 30 minutes, certainly try to do that as much as possible but if you accidentally miss a few days just exercise again the next day. As I mentioned earlier many people give up if they miss doing something for a few days, but don’t do this! Even if you only exercise for four days out of the seven per week, after three weeks (21 days) your new and positive habit of working out consistently will be formed, and all additional daily or at least frequent exercise will enhance your new habit even further!