Will You Keep Your New Year Resolution?

If you are like many American’s, you’ve probably set a New Year resolution.  Unfortunately, for most, that New Year resolution comes and goes without much effort being put into it and without any real long-term strategy put in place. People simply say “I’m going to…” and then four weeks later have completely forgotten about the resolution they set for themselves.  In an effort to keep you on track, here are some key strategies to use so you can achieve your New Year resolution this year.

1. Be Realistic

The last thing you want to do when you set a New Year resolution is make it impossible and set yourself up for failure before you even get started.  If you have a weight loss goal, don’t make it unreachable such as losing 50 pounds in one month – that’s not attainable.  If it’s work-related, don’t say you want to make $100,000 each moth when right now you’re only making $3,000.

You need to be realistic with your New Year resolution.  The fastest way to give up and quit something is by making the end-goal impossible to achieve. Sure, would people like to lose 50 pounds each month or make $100,000 per month?  Absolutely.  Will that become a reality for most? Unfortunately, no.

There’s nothing wrong with making “baby goals” that are fairly simple.  What you can do is set a lofty long-term goal and then have a bunch of smaller short-term goals that will lead you down the path of achieving your bigger goal.

2. KISS Method

Too many people like to overcomplicate things.  There’s no reason for it.  Why would you want to make things harder on yourself?  Look, there’s nothing wrong with pushing yourself but in the end, you don’t want to shoot yourself in the foot and give up.  Keep it simple.

When you make your New Year resolution, make sure it is something you can fit into your lifestyle and manage/maintain.  One example of how people completely fail during this process is by completely changing their nutrition.  Have you ever tried a diet?  Maybe one where it had you remove either all carbohydrates or fat?  How did that work out? Not so well, eh? that’s because it doesn’t fit into your lifestyle.  No one can say they’ll never eat a simple carbohydrate again.  Or they’ll never have fat in their diet again (can you imagine a life without Nuts ‘N More spread?  No way!).

Something else many people do is try to achieve several of their goals all at once.  This becomes quite the juggling act.  Focus on one New Year resolution at a time and as you reach one, move onto the next.

3. Have a Measurable Time frame

Anyone can set a goal without a time frame.  But those same people will probably never reach their New Year resolution goals.  Having a time frame is your barometer for success.  It’s what helps keep you on track and motivated to keep pushing forward.  Use a diary or your calendar to schedule parts of your resolution to ensure they get done in a timely manner.

If you are trying to lose weight, use a diary or your calendar to insert your workout schedule for the week and lay down your time frame moving forward.  Your best bet is to put your workouts directly in your calendar so you never have an excuse that something came up and you can’t exercise.  By writing it all down in a diary or calendar, you are able to evaluate if you are holding true to your word that you want to achieve a certain goal by following certain steps (such as exercising multiple times each week).

4. Get a Support Team in Place

A support team is a great way to hold yourself accountable because if you don’t do it, you know your team will.  With the right team surrounding you, there are no excuses.  You have appointed them to help you see your New Year resolution through to the end.  If you start to slip, they are there to encourage you to stand back up, brush yourself off, and get back to work.

Find friends or family members who are supportive and honest.  You don’t want a team who will let you get complacent because they don’t want to hurt your feelings.  You want people who will tell you the truth and hold you accountable for your actions (or lack thereof).   Explain to them what you expect of them in order to help keep you on track.  Call it “tough love” if you want.  But having that team around you will give you the support you need when you start to waiver and aren’t sure if you can keep going.

Article Courtesy Of Matt Weik