Almost half of Americans make New Year resolutions. By January 10th, half of those people have given up.
Researchers say if you can get past the first 30 days, your odds are three times better of achiving your goals than the day you made your resolution.
Getting in shape and healthier is no doubt the most popular resolution.
If you have been thinking about giving up or reluctant to continue, consider making up your personal rewards (new dress, nice lunch, movie...) for achievement.
Identify the UNPLEASANT CONSEQUENCES of NOT doing it.
Break any overwhelming task into smaller, quicker actions.
To improve your odds of being effective in keeping them, here are some of the best tips for success:
1. Visualize your end result. Create a strong image in your mind of what you want to look and feel like when you reach your goals.
2. Get a fitness assessment. It's critical to know your starting point and learn your strengths and weaknesses.
3. A goal without a plan is only a wish. Stop wishing you were in great shape and start mapping out a concrete plan to get there.
4. Set small achievable goals that build momentum. While long term goals are important, short term goals give you mini successes throughout your journey to get in shape.
5. Create a schedule to reinforce consistency.
6. Keep a journal of your exercise and dietary intake on a daily basis to be present with the day-to-day process.
7. Change up your workout routine every 4-6 weeks. Over time, your muscles will adapt to a fitness routine.
8. Troubleshoot your excuses. How would your friends respond to your excuses? Write these excuses down. You will be surprised at how impactful it can be to see your excuses written out!
9. Tell all of your friends your goals. This creates a support system as well as an accountability that will make you less likely to back out on working out.
10. Be patient with seeing results.
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