What can I do to make sure I stay on track and follow through? This is a fantastic question. As you know there is a lot of humor in regard to New Years Resolutions. Especially when you go to the gym. You see a lot of people there in January, February and then when March comes around there are fewer and fewer people.
This is because people already have given up with New Year’s Resolutions and their weight loss goals. So I want to congratulate you, for being aware of it and looking for solution because that’s the first step in finding out why you’re failing what can you do differently.
Put It In Writing
First of all. I would say that your new year’s resolutions should be in writing. If they not in writing you are more likely to fail because, you know, we think about certain things – I’m going to do this thing ,to do that, and then few weeks later you already naturally have forgotten.
But if you sit and write down all the things you can do this year you are more likely to do it. That actually brings me to point two. When you set your New Year’s Resolutions you should be realistic. and I know I’m the guy who, you know, has a mug says dream big but dreaming big is important but also you have to realize where you are.
So let me give an example – let’s say, you are currently in debt and you don’t have a job. What’s your New Year’s resolution? Your goal could be – make 20,000 dollars a month. That’s a fantastic goal. But maybe your goal should be first get a job and pay off your debt. So maybe that should be your number one priority and then you can set a new goal make 20,000 dollars.
Start Small To Make Progress
I hope you get the point. Especially with the weight loss, lot of the time, people fail with their weight loss goals because they say I’m going to lose 50 pounds within six months. That’s great and some people do it. But it’s unhealthy and, you know, there’s a chance you not going to do it! So start small, make progress and you’ll be more likely follow through with a goal.
Then I am going to move to next point. Point number three is – Find an accountability buddy. That could be one person, it can be a group, for example, meetup.com is fantastic for many different things. Become part of a group or find a workout buddy that’s going to check-in with you and say hey I didn’t see you at the class. Where were you? And you will be more likely to show up the next time. Also having an accountability buddy is great because it keeps you motivated.
Next is – Set milestones and I already touched on this earlier. So set milestones. So, for example, if you wanna lose 40 pounds in the entire year set milestones. Let say, I’m going to lose 10 pounds within 3 months. So that way, there’s something to look forward to it.
Something that is achievable. But if you set up 50 goals in a year you might make progress but the goal seems so big and so far out! That you just like, I’m done, I’m giving up, and you’re not going to follow through, you not going to achieve that big goal.
The final thing is that when you set milestones also set – Rewards. You want to reward yourself. You’ll be excited. So every year I always always set rewards so I’m more motivated to work hard and then I have something to look forward to it.
So, let’s say, if you’ve been good and you been working out at least 3-4 times a week for 2-3 months, then say you know what – I’m going to take myself and my girlfriends out for dinner or I’m going to buy a nice pair of jeans for myself. So whatever that is just set. Set a reward system that motivates you and keeps you excited and you’ll be more likely to follow through with your New Year’s resolutions.
I think that setting New Year’s resolutions is important, as long as you are realistic, as long as it’s in writing, as long as you have an accountability buddy and then the last thing I want to share with you is that you have to have Routines.
We Are Habitual People
For example, I work out every morning religiously! I wake up, my shoes, my shorts, and my workout t-shirt are already by the door. I wake up, I put my clothes on, I have bought some water – maybe an Apple or Banana and I’m out the door. So it’s already habitual. The same thing for you.
Whatever goal you have set, whatever New Year’s resolution you have, build that into your routine and make it habitual and you are more likely to achieve it.
I hope some of these ideas are very helpful to you. If you have some suggestions or ideas how to stay on track with your New Year’s resolutions please comment below.
Inspire one another that’s why we are here. I’m not smarter than you are. I was just sharing what works for me. So share below what works for you and lets inspire each other and make sure that we stay on track with the New Year’s resolutions. Have a fantastic day and I’ll see you soon!