Here's to a New Year and a New You
We have all made New Year’s resolutions at some point in our lifetime, but the majority of those commitments may not have succeeded beyond one month, several days or even a few hours. This past year has been a challenging year in so many ways, so let’s start 2021 with a few tips on how to keep your New Year’s resolutions in order to lead to a better, healthier, stronger, wealthier YOU!
Make those resolutions simple and realistic. The easiest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable. Don’t aim too high and don’t ignore reality. Things cannot be achieved all at once. Set small, short-term goals on your way to a big achievement. Break goals down to manageable chunks and build willpower as these are the most essential ingredients for success.
Plan ahead and outline your plan. Schedule a timeframe and be prepared for temptations that try to deviate you from that schedule or plan. Remind yourself how “bad behavior” will affect your goal. Have a list of pros and cons on paper to help keep your motivation strong. Keep a diary or calendar for accountability and self-evaluation.
Have a support system. Share your resolution with family and friends. Report your progress as well as your weaknesses to them. Carefully choose people who are trustworthy and supportive as they will be crucial to help you when the going gets tough. Find someone who shares a similar resolution and use the “buddy system” to motivate and support each other.
Treat yourself. Be sure to build into your plan and short-term goals a reward for yourself at the all-important milestones. But be warned, do not put your goal in danger. Celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that doesn’t contradict your resolution.
Track your progress, but don’t beat yourself up.
Short-term goals are easier to keep and each small accomplishment will help keep you motivated. Keep track of every small success. Take one day at a time, and do not obsess over the occasional “fall off the wagon.” Remember, there will always be more opportunities to start on the next phase, so do not give up. Feel proud of your past accomplishments and don’t be critical of yourself.
Stick to it! Experts say it takes 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. It does not happen overnight, so stay persistent and patient.
You are in charge. This process is under your control as it is only your actions and reactions that need to change to make the accomplishments you want. Take responsibility of your future.
Two of my favorite sayings. “If it is to be, it is up to me.” “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”
Now that you’ve read these tips, you are in great position to consider the best ways to improve your life in 2021. Your happiness is worth the time and effort, so let’s get started!