It can be daunting when your new year’s resolution list is as long as your holiday shopping list. Feeling anxiety over not being able to keep your resolutions will lead to frustration, and frustration will terminate your goals. The new year can serve as a catalyst for sweeping character and physical changes. It is also a time to reflect on your past year’s behavior and to make positive lifestyle changes. Setting small attainable goals throughout the year, instead of 10 big goals, or 1 singular overwhelming goal like loose 100 pounds by January 31st. Having smaller attainable goals can help you reach whatever it is you strive for.
Remember it’s not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it one step at a time. For me, my resolutions or goals for this new year are to continue to commit to fitness. You may say, “you always exercise”. Yes, but that was last year, by making the resolution to continue to commit to fitness I am furthering reinforcing a lifestyle. For instance some people work out for a couple months get the results they want and they think I look good now, so I’m good. Achieving the good result is just part of the process, maintaining it, is the part that takes constant work.
Another one of my goals is to grow even stronger spiritually. Increase my prayer life. Strengthening your spirit is another aspect of life that takes constant work there is a reason God says our minds have to be renewed daily. You’re only as good as the resources you draw from. For me if my health is good and my spirit is strong, I can soar like an eagle. Damn the torpedoes full speed ahead to all of the wonderful things God has in store for me. To God be the Glory.
According to statistics nearly 45% of Americans make new years resolutions,
but only 8% are actually successful in achieving their goals. Remember there are always going to be more people on the broad path than the narrower one. Here are a few tips to make sure you are one of the 8%.
- Start small. Experts say to make one resolution. Focusing on one large goal is easier than making time for several items on the list. Make resolutions that you think you can keep.
- Change one behavior at a time. Unhealthy behaviors develop over the course of time. Replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones requires time also. Even if you have to reassess everything in your life, don’t get overwhelmed by thinking you have to change everything overnight. Instead work towards changing one thing at a time. It will keep you motivated. You can say okay I conquered that, What’s next?
- Be realistic. Don’t shoot for the moon when making resolutions. Don’t aim at losing the 40 pounds you’ve been holding onto for the past ten years in three weeks. Instead shoot for loosing 1/2 or 1 pound a week. You will be more apt to stick with it when you are seeing results no matter how small.
- Remove the obstacles. Want to loose weight? Then toss the cookies and candy in the pantry. I identify potential roadblocks on your path to goal achievement and eliminate them!
- Don’t beat yourself up. Perfection is unattainable. Remember that minor missteps when reaching goals are completely normal.
- Celebrate Successes. Buy yourself those new jeans you’ve been eyeing after loosing pounds. Invite your friends and family over to show off your new clean tidy and organized house. Encourage yourself. Give yourself props.
- Keep moving forward! If you can’t run, walk, if you can’t walk crawl, but by all means keep moving forward!