As we all embark on this New Year most of us are trying to spark positive change. This year, stop the cycle of resolving to make a change, but then not following through. See our top ten tips below to obtain and keep your new year's resolution goals!
1. Mentally prepare for change. Changing habits is no easy task, so before diving head-first into your New Year goals, it is important to take a step back and get ready for that impending change.
2. Set goals that motivate you. Creating a goal that lasts a few weeks is easier to achieve and will provide you positive reinforcement for good behavior. They should be as specific as possible so you can track your success. Don't make a goal for the whole year. Start with a two-week goal and focus on achieving it. Then set/achieve a new goal.
3. Put your goals to paper. Written goals can act as a filter and guiding light for what opportunities to pursue. On any given day, there are a million decisions to make. When in doubt, refer to the goals you have set to dictate the way forward.
4. Set automated reminders. We all live through our phones, so why not add in helpful reminders. This can be as simple as adding meal prep to your weekly calendar or setting daily alarms for your workout.
5. Make the goal realistic and very specific. It's admirable to want to eat "healthier" but what does that mean? Cut out sugar and reduce fat? Stick to a caloric goal each day? Eat three servings of fruits and vegetables every day for two weeks? By being specific, you have an easy benchmark.
6. Don't punish yourself if you slip, and don't quit. New habits take time, but your health is so worth it! If you slip up or don't reach your goals, start over immediately.
7. Talk about it. Don't keep a resolution as a secret. Bring family and friends into the fold, and with their help, goals will be easier to achieve. The people who care will be there to support the resolution to change habits for the better or to improve overall health.
8. Stay motivated. Did you know it takes an average of 15 days for a behavior to become a habit but 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic. Don't give up! Change takes time.
9. Remind yourself of your "why". Don't underestimate your "why". This can be something like wanting to loose weight so you can keep up with your kids or changing your eating habits for your help. Whatever your reason, keep a reminder close.
10. Reward yourself. Celebrate your wins, even the small ones! Celebrating will help keep you motivated.