It’s the new year! And you know what that means! It’s the time of year where everything resets and you get a chance to start with a new goal! While you definitely 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 Years Resolution too. That’s okay though! HiDow International is here to help you make a New Years 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 Years Resolutions are great ways to start on 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 in a month (nor should it!).
Start off 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 on a consistent basis?
Be Understanding and Forgiving
New Years 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 where you need rest, extra calories, a shorter work out. 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 allow yourself to 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 and on.
Treat Every Day like It’s Your First Day
starting out on a New Years’ 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 towards your goals
Keep your eyes on the prize and don’t lose sight of why chose to follow your New Years Resolution.