Put the resolve in your resolutions this year by making them healthy and realistic with these 4 tips!
It’s that time of the year again when we stir up new motivation and excitement with the New Year approaching and the new beginnings and hopefulness for change that comes with it. We brainstorm New Year’s resolutions so we can end the next year full of accomplishments. Setting realistic goals is important because if they’re too impractical, they are less likely to be an accomplishment and more likely to be a source of disappointment. However, life happens, and we start to lose our determination, motivation, and intention and fall through instead of following through.
So how about you first get to the root of what you truly want to achieve within the New Year! Do you want your goal to be more accountable by going to yoga more often, eating healthier, or doing thoughtful things for others? These four tips will give you the tools to set your New Year’s resolution for success.
Find an Accountability Buddy
Doing something with a partner always helps, no matter what it is. Whether it’s having someone to carpool to yoga with, a walking buddy, or even a cooking buddy. Not only are you being held accountable, but you are able to hold your buddy accountable, too. Setting up things like challenges with your partner may be good for some who enjoy bringing out their competitive side! A buddy can be anyone who you feel will support you and bring out the best in you. This could be a friend, a neighbor, co-worker, sibling, spouse, partner, or parent!
Look at How This Goal Supports You
Fully understanding the “why” in setting your goal in the first place helps give a better idea of what you want to get out of this. Recognizing the root of your “why” encourages you to really stick to this positive change you’re instituting. Maybe you want healthier eating habits because you want to have more energy, or more physical activity because you want to fit in a dress that you love. Finding the factors surrounding the true goals acts as building blocks to reach the top of your desired outcome!
Consider How this Goal Benefits Others
It’s often easier to be consistent with something if it is done for another person, especially a loved one. When setting the intention of your goal, maybe think about how this may better your child’s, mother’s, friend’s, or community’s well-being. We may find it easier to tap into that inner motivation when we see something bigger than ourselves alone. When perceiving a goal as a project to assist another person or persons, we might be much more willing to wake up every day to accomplish the goal. Finding a deeper purpose to a resolution or new change, we can feel more compelled to stay committed.
Reward Your Accomplishments
By planning a reward or gift for yourself for when you complete your goal, you are more likely to see it through. We all know the kid who only does his chores to get that tasty treat or toy he wants! So why don’t we promise ourselves a nice “treat” when we successfully accomplish our goal! This could be a trip to the spa, a piece of jewelry or that new set of weights, or hey, why not a cruise to the Bahamas? It’s important to make sure you give yourself something you truly desire because you deserve it for staying so consistent! A great example of this is if you are working towards getting a school degree you have always dreamed of, maybe after each good grade on a test, you reward yourself by getting a mani-pedi or massage at the salon! This is a great tip because you are continuing to treat yourself as you are attaining your goal one step at a time and you continue to stay motivated. It’s all about finding what works for you and what helps keep you motivated and inspired to reach your fullest potential!
Happy New Year from my home to yours! Have a very happy and safe holiday full of love and light!