Posted on December 30 2016
Seven Tips That Will Help You Stick To Your New Year’s Resolutions
The premise is simple, clean slate, new digit, New Year, new me. If only it were that simple. Almost 45% of Americans make at least one New Year’s resolution every twelve months, yet most don’t stick.
Here’s the thing, most resolutions are awesome. The problem is they are too general, too vague and too broad. Broad is abstract. Think of it like this, if the objective in a romantic comedy would be “find love,” we wouldn’t care much, because it so broad and general. If however it’s for a specific Girl (or Boy) to get a specific Boy (or Girl), we care. We want to see her or him succeed.
Try these simple adjustments to help you succeed:
1. Eat healthier = Substitute
Start by substituting “eat healthier,” with specific steps. You could replace soda with sparkling water, fried potatoes with boiled, cappuccino with black coffee, or grab a handful of nuts instead of the afternoon bag of chips. You’d be amazed how much these tiny switches add up.
2. Exercise More = Move More
Exercise is easiest if you can incorporate it into your everyday life. Couldn’t make it to the gym? Why not watch your favorite show on your smartphone while taking a walk? Lot’s of conference calls? Get up and walk around your office. No time for gym after work? How about during lunch break? Take the stairs instead of elevator. Park in the farthest spot at the mall. Make small adjustments that will make you move more.
3. Loose weight = 1 + 2
Take steps 1 and 2 PLUS use a calorie counting app, you’ll be amazed how much it helps and you’ll shed pounds without starving or extreme boot camps.
4. Switch To Clean Products
Many would like to use products that are better for them, but often don’t know where to start, and fall back into old habits. If you want to eat more organic foods, start with a few available at your local supermarket, eggs and milk, easy switch. Skin care, start with the shower gel and deodorant. Makeup, switch to an organic mascara or foundation. This way it doesn’t feel overwhelming, you’ll start switching to cleaner products and can gradually incorporate more.
5. Focus on Process Instead Of Results
Focusing on process instead of results will make you feel good no matter what. Focusing on result is stepping on the scale and feeling unhappy every time the numbers don’t match your goal. Focusing on the process you can still feel good about it even if you exercise only once a week.
6. Small Steps Make The Diff
Even the longest journey starts with one step and is completed by taking many small steps. Start by setting small attainable goals (such as going to the gym at lunch time twice a week) and have them become part of your lifestyle. You can always increase frequency later.
7. Treat Yourself Kindly
And most importantly, don’t beat yourself up if you miss a step. They are small after all. Just go back tomorrow.
You don’t need to live your life as a rom-com, but, the reality is, by incorporating small specific actions into your daily life, you can make huge changes without an overwhelming effort.
Happy New Year!!!