Happy New Year! We hope 2014 is off to a great start for you but rather than throw out catchphrases like “New Year, New You,” we are going with a “New Year, New Goals” idea. Yes, some people like to reinvent themselves in the New Year. However, when most people try to make too many changes too fast, they usually end up worse off than when they started.
If you don’t want to be one of those people who make resolutions only to forget what they were by February, you need to come up with a plan. Regardless of the type of resolution you have – reading two books every month, being more encouraging to your spouse or exercising more – having a plan of action to accomplish your goals will set you up for the greatest success possible.
The key is to set small goals that will eventually lead you to accomplishing your big goal. There are various reasons so many people fail at losing the weight they want to or exercising as much as they say they will. For some it is because they don’t have the motivation to get to the gym every day. For others it is because they start off strong, but don’t see the results they think they should in the short amount of time they apply the change and so they get discouraged.
Regardless of the reasons behind failed resolutions, there are things you can do to avoid a negative outcome. And if you are one of the people who didn’t accomplish your goals for 2013, why not bring them into 2014 and start fresh? If you have a weight loss goal, choose a deadline and stick to it. Set yourself up for success by joining a gym or exercise class. Also realize that healthy weights are accomplished through a mix of eating right and exercise. So start planning out your meals for the week, finding blogs about healthy living and changing your lifestyle versus just cutting out, say dairy, from your diet.
Resolutions are things that are supposed to push you to be a better version of yourself. So don’t let them bring you down or make you feel bad. Set small, attainable goals that can be reached by making small life changes. You can accomplish new goals in the New Year if you want to so long as your have a strong mindset and truly want to change. Good luck!