“My goal for 2016 is to accomplish the goals of 2015 which I should have done in 2014 because I made a promise to myself in 2013 and planned in 2012″….Sound familiar?
Wanting to change yourself and better yourself is a beautiful and inspiring thing. And it turns out that’s also how most other people think: 50% of all Americans for example set themselves a New Year’s resolution.
My gym is packed in early January. All the new running shoes, running outfits and eager people fill the cardio room.
They have little insight on how to properly exercise, but their resolution is to lose weight and get into shape.
When your holiday decorations are packed up and stored away, the frustration of an unused gym membership or other reminders of failed resolutions can make the later winter months feel hopeless.
However, it is important to remember that the New Year isn’t meant to serve as a catalyst for sweeping character changes. It is a time for people to reflect on their past year’s behavior and promise to make positive lifestyle changes. Use the baggage as a learning curve. Setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of a singular, overwhelming goal on January 1 can help you reach whatever it is you strive for. By making your resolutions realistic, there is a greater chance that you will keep them throughout the year.
Having a buddy or a support system will help you achieve your goal. I recently started to swim. I have a friend swimming with me. With our her, I wouldn’t make it a mile, but because of her I have made a mile swimming. Something I have never thought I would do.
I am also eating healthier and cleaning up my diet. I am in a beach body challenge group for this. We all hold each other accountable.
Start small and every 30 days revisit your goal. You may have to adjust your goal. As you take steps, reward yourself and make sure you recognize that each step is a success.
What are your goals?