IT IS TIME TO MAKE 2016 YOUR YEAR (if 2015 wasn’t already). As I mentioned before, I’m not much of a fan of “New Years resolutions”. I feel like if you want something, you should start it a.s.a.p. instead of waiting until the first of January. However, regardless of my opinion, January is the month of resolutions. Gyms will be stuffed and diet pills will be on sale. There’s nothing we can do about it. And you know what, that’s okay. Because in the end, resolutions are resolutions. It doesn’t matter when you start them, as long as you make them work. So to help you make it happen in 2016, I thought’d be nice to share a few steps to making resolutions stick.
#1 Be specific
Take time to write down your exact goal. Define it to a t. For example, do you want to lose weight, be more toned or do you want to eat healthy? And if so, what do you mean by it? How much weight do you wish to lose, how many inches or what does “healthy” eating mean (2x fruit? 2x vegetables? no processed food?)? Make sure there are no loopholes or misunderstandings about your goal.
#2 Make it achievable
Is your goal achievable or did you set the bar too high. It’s okay to have a goal you need to put some effort in, but keep in mind there’s a fine line between difficult and impossible. For example, losing 20 kg in 2 weeks is impossible ifnot unhealthy. Rather than setting a goal that will make you feel hopeless, set a goal you might actually reach. Be honest with yourself. Don’t go too hard on yourself but don’t go too easy either.
What steps will you be taking to reach your goal? And what’s your deadline? Again, be specific and make it achievable. Is it actually possible for you to go to the gym 7 times a week? Or should you push back the deadline a bit more and go for 4 times a week? Be honest with yourself and set achievable steps without copping out. Print/write the steps large on a piece of paper and hang it in your room to keep you on point.
Write down your biggest traps and pair them with solutions if possible. This way you’ll be prepared for what’s coming and achieve your goal. Do you get too lazy to go to the gym sometimes? Get a buddy or make yourself go to the gym. Keen to start smoking again when you’re with your friends? Inform them on your resolution and let them know how important their support is.
Make sure to incorporate a few checkpoints along the way to evaluate your progress. Take some actual time for this. Don’t do it “in your head” while doing other activities. No, sit down and evaluate. Are you on schedule? Do you need extra steps to reach your goal? How’s your motivation? Do this regularly so you can adjust your plan on time if needed. Only adjust the steps. If you did the first two steps right, there will be no need to adjust your goal and deadline.
I hope you found these tips useful. Please leave your questions or comments in the section down below.