Are you thinking about a resolution as you move into the New Year? How successful have you been in achieving your January goals in the past?
According to an article in Forbes, Dan Diamond communicates that out of almost half of people who set resolutions, only 8% actually accomplish them.
He recommends you make a specific resolution as apposed to generics. For example, instead of saying, “I want to be more fit,” you might state, “I will join the January spin class at the gym.”
Make sure your goal is measurable and tell friends and family about it. Charting your success and having extra support and people to be accountable to can help motivate you to continue to push forward.
Be realistic and consider leaning into your goal as apposed to setting yourself up for failure. Instead of saying, “I’m going to lose 50 pounds,” you might want to say, “I am going to lose 2 pounds a week until I feel I have obtained a healthy weight.”
Set mile-markers with built in rewards to encourage your achievement in baby steps.
Instead of feeling like a failure if you miss a week, give yourself the benefit of the doubt by looking at your trend. Are you getting skinnier and feeling better? Focus on the positive and start again if you fall off of track. It is not black and white; finding your way to a moderate middle ground is a great success!