‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions, and we’ve all been there and done that. But let’s be honest: how many New Year’s resolutions get seen through past January? February? How many are still going strong come summer?
Well, there’s nothing we love more than seeing people succeed in improving themselves and their lives, so we’re here today to give you a few simple tips on making your New Year’s resolutions last. Check it out:
1. Set goals.
Take a big resolution and break it down into a blueprint you can follow with clearly defined goals along the way. Write it down, and revisit this plan often! Make sure to check off your goals as you reach them. This will make it feel like you’re making progress even when progress on your overall resolution is slow.
Change takes time, and setting manageable goals is the easiest way to keep your motivation strong!
2. Choose the right reasons.
Speaking of motivation, that’s what’s going to keep you working toward your New Year’s resolutions long after the holiday has come and gone. In order to see real change, your motivation has to be strong — and for that, it needs a strong foundation.
That means choosing the right reasons in the first place. Think of your New Year’s resolutions now. Are you doing them because you should? Or for some very specific reasons related to improving your life? Write down your reasons now. Make a list. The resolutions with the longest lists are probably the ones that you’re truly doing for some very strong reasons.
3. Don’t try to tackle too many changes at once.
The quickest route to resolution burnout is to try to make a bunch of changes at once. That’s just not practical. Instead, make a list and pick one resolution to start with. Focus on working this change into your everyday life, until it’s a part of your routine. That’s the only way it’s going to last.
Once you have that one down, move on to the next one!
4. Be a loud-mouth.
Share your resolutions with friends and family. Talk about them with others. This is the quickest way to hold you accountable — and get you excited about these changes! With support from others, you’ll find it easier to stick to your goals. It also helps to find a supportive group of like-minded people. A good option for fitness-related goals is a workout group at your gym!
Which brings us to #5…
5. Find a supportive environment for year-round commitment.
Once the newness of the year wears off, you need to have a helpful environment in which to stick with your goals. For health and fitness resolutions, this often takes the form of a supportive gym or trainer.
Here at Dragonfly, we have several programs starting soon to help ladies with their health goals, like our Strong Women Semi-Private Training Tribe and the Women’s Functional Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching program. These groups give women the support they need to reach their goals within a group of like-minded women, and with the expertise and attention of a professional coach.
That’s the kind of environment we foster here at Dragonfly. Because we know sticking with your resolutions and achieving your fitness goals is so much easier when you have a supportive group of people surrounding you. We know because we see it. Over and over and over again.
6. Cut yourself some slack.
Strive for progress not perfection. In all you do. If you miss a week at the gym or have a little too much cake at a party, cut yourself some slack. Wake up the next day and get back in the gym, or cook yourself a healthy meal. Don’t waste precious time beating yourself up — just get right back to it!
Are you ready for the new year? Take it slow and concentrate on your goals, friend, and you’ll see great success in 2018!
Need some ideas for a healthy resolution? Check out “7 Habits You Can Adopt Today for a Healthier You”!