With each New Year comes the proclamations to change your life, seize new beginnings, and set resolutions; unfortunately, only about 9% of people achieve their resolutions, with many falling short after the first month or so. While anything worthwhile takes time and effort, there are simple ways to motivate yourself while seeking and sticking to your newfound goal. Surround yourself with positivity, a support system, and above all, hold yourself accountable with these goal-digging tips!
1.Set a Specific Goal
Don’t simply proclaim that you “want to get in shape!”, define what that actually means: i.e. “I want to lose 5 pounds by April 1st”, or “I want to be able to run a 5k this Summer.” Setting a detailed goal allows you to find solutions specifically related to what you want to accomplish; additionally, you can monitor progress in smaller increments to make sure you’re on track, i.e. 1 pound, 2 pounds, etc.
2. Schedule It
In the beginning, it’s helpful to set a routine that helps work towards your goal; if you’re setting aside the appropriate time to focus on your goal each day, you are ensuring that it is a priority. Additionally, when there is a specific time frame scheduled, it becomes a more firm commitment.
3. Progress Is Not Linear, Be Patient
Achieving successes rarely happens in a straight line journey – there’s missteps, backtracks, and falls along the way. And that’s okay. The reason you set this resolution in the first place is because it’s something that’s important to you and your lifestyle, and realistically is no easy feat – or you would have done it already! Be understanding with yourself if things are slow to progress, or if alternatively, you reach a plateau halfway through; having the willpower and determination to push through is what makes you a badass.
4. Reward Yourself through Progress
To our previous point, celebrate the small wins along the way! Ran that first mile under 10 minutes? That’s AWESOME. You are one step closer to reaching your goal. Acknowledge these stepping-stones and use them to motivate yourself to push harder for the end goal.
5. Gather A Support Group and Share Your Goals
By nature, we tend to build upon motivation and inspiration through community. It does take courage and a sense of vulnerability to share your goals in a social setting, but the benefit of outside support dramatically increases your success rate. Having the feedback and support from peers, family, and friends will help build confidence, and true accountability throughout the process.
Ultimately, you are your biggest inspiration, and the only person with the ability to not just say, but do. So go do you, and be the best you possible this year, we know you can do it!