1. Be Realistic!
A sure fire way to set yourself up for failure is to set unattainable goals. Rules that are too strict are easy to break and when you break your resolution once it’s pretty common to adopt the “oh well.. I tried” attitude. Before you know it you’re back to your old habits. Start with small goals. Create a timeline which gradually increases your commitment to your resolution over time. Waking up January 1st and saying today I begin my 2 a day work outs 7 days a week after 7 years of being sedentary is suicide!
2. Talk About It!
Don’t keep your resolution a secret. Post it on social media, tell you friends and family, tell the mailman, tell your cat, tell anyone who will listen. This will make you accountable for your goals and also create a support network of people, (and pets) to keep you motivated and on track!
3. Give a Dog a Bone
Don’t forget to reward yourself along the way. Don’t wait until you’ve lost the 50 lbs you set out to lose or you’ve put on your 30 lbs of muscle. Set small goals that help you track your progress and treat yourself to something special when they are achieved.
4. Tough it Out!
Experts say it takes 21 days to form a habit and 6 months to make that habit a part of your personality. Muscle through those first 21 days knowing that it is going to get easier! If you need to think in smaller timeframes, it is also been said that you can do anything for 24 hours.
5. Don’t Give Up!
Hey… I hate to break it to you but you’re going to fail at some point. Keep in mind it doesn’t need to be January 1st to make a resolution. If you run out of steam and find yourself relapsing to your old habits take a break, compose yourself and recommit! Try to get to the root of where things went south and amend your plan accordingly to avoid future relapses.