It’s the new year! And you know what that means! It’s the time of year when everything resets, and you get a chance to start with a new goal! While you don’t need to wait until the new year to make lifestyle changes, many people still do. Many people also give up on their New Year’s Resolution too. That’s okay, though! HiDow International is here to help you make a New Year’s Resolution and stick to it!
Whether you are trying to eat cleaner, be more active, quit a habit, or just want to learn a new skill or activity, New Year’s Resolutions are great ways to start your journey. Just remember:
Set Small, Realistic Goals
When you set your goals, it’s important to remember to set short-term, intermediate, and long-term goals. You won’t make or break a habit in a single day, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take things one day at a time.
A common mistake that many resolutioners make is setting a lofty goal and forgetting to set milestones to keep them motivated. If your goal is to lose shed 35 lbs, it won’t happen in a day or even a month (nor should it!).
Start with reasonable goals, such as being active every single day, whether that means taking the stairs, going for a run, or going to the gym. This will keep you motivated while you embark on your journey.
Be Consistent with Your Efforts
One day of working out, eating clean, practicing yoga, etc., won’t help you accomplish your long-term goals! Fortunately, neither will one day of not doing those things you promised yourself you would. What will make a difference, though, is what you do consistently.
Be Understanding and Forgiving
New Year’s Resolutions are all about self-improvement. Physically AND mentally. Not only is it important to practice healthy exercise and dietary habits, but it is also important to practice understanding and patience. There will be days when you need rest, extra calories, and a shorter workout. It will keep you from getting injured or burning out, which ultimately works towards your long-term goals.
Celebrate the Small Victories
The reason we set short-term, medium, and long-term goals (see point #1) is so that we can celebrate the milestones. If you take things one day at a time and feel good about what you are doing, you will be more likely to stay motivated. You don’t have to wait until you reach your goal to feel proud of what you are doing. Cheer yourself on as you go from January 1st to December 31st.
Treat Every Day Like It’s Your First Day
starting on a New Year’s resolution journey can be fun and exciting. As the days go on, you might feel less motivated as the initial burst of motivation wears off. That’s why you should treat every day with the same motivation that you had when you began to make sure that you keep moving forward toward your goals
Keep your eyes on the prize, and don’t forget why you chose to follow your New Year’s Resolution.