Numerous people usually start the New Year with good intentions. Too often the resolutions they resolved to keep hardly make it past the first week. The New Year’s tradition has been an advantage to others, in that every 365 days, they start their life anew by kicking bad habits.
What resolutions did you make last year? Are you satisfied with the way you kept them? Approximately one in five was successful; forty-five percent failed within two months of setting their New Year’s resolutions. Are you committed to getting fit during 2012? Do you know where to start? Here are four tips for keeping your New Year’s resolution:
I. Spend Some Time in Retrospect
Most of those who fail to keep their New Year’s resolution waited until the last minute and quickly decided what they would choose. As a result, their heart was not in the goal. Try starting a few weeks before New Year’s day to begin contemplating a bad habit you want to break, or good habit that you want to start.
A. Be Practical
Make your goal attainable. Breaking a bad habit means avoiding not only the habit, but also the situation, in which your bad habit surfaces. Are you inactive? Plan to work out at the gym, ride a bike or walk. Eating more nutritiously could be as simple as planning your meals more carefully.
B. Plan Toward the Future
1. Hastily made decisions will be established on your perspective at the moment. It may not be the best goal this time. If it is too late for planning this year, pick another date — the first of next month, your birthday or another meaningful date.
2. Plan of Action: Put your plan on paper. A small notebook can be kept with you at all times for note taking. Jot down all the resolutions that come to mind. The one from last year that you could not keep is probably not a good one for this year. Think about the main goal that you want to achieve during this New Year.
Instead of “getting fit,” break the goal down and concentrate on changing that one habit. Resolve to spend more time in healthy activities, or to eat more nutritiously. Do not attempt to do too many things at one time. A small goal overcame is a start on a large one.
Make a list of pros and cons
This list can be developing all year long. Make it a part of your journal and bring it up to date often, even nightly. A visual list of details will help keep your motivation dynamic.
Keep the list with you, preferably in the small aforementioned notebook, to help you keep your resolve. This is important because wintertime is often a time of languor, when we all are waiting for spring to arrive so we can get outside and enjoy outdoor activities. Winter is a rough time to make drastic changes in life-changing behavior, so keep that list of ambition handy.
Plan to avoid temptation
Decide ahead of time how you will handle the temptation to break your resolution. Determine how you will not put yourself in the situation in which temptation could win out. Jot it down in your notebook. Perhaps calling on an understanding friend or reminding yourself how your bad habit affects your health and/or well-being will strengthen your resolve. Another idea is to practice self-talk or positive thinking.
Sometimes we fail because we lack knowledge of the problem that we are trying to overcome. Do you know how to get fit? You can find resources to help you reach your goal. There are books at the library, e-books and articles online and you can always talk to the manager/owner of any fitness center. You can also talk to friends who have attained their goal of getting fit.
III. Talk or Do Not Talk About Your Goals
A. Talk about your goals with your close friends, relatives and co-workers. This way you can stay motivated because they will help you by reminding you of your goals. You may find it more comfortable to choose just one good friend to tell — someone who shares your resolution and you can support and motivate one-another.
On the other hand, if your close friends, relatives and co-workers are antagonistic, you may prefer not to tell them so that they will not harass you about your fitness regime or goal. Choose wisely those that you confide in, lest they sabotage your resolution.
IV. Do Not Get Discouraged
Sixty-seven percent of people make more than three resolutions. They are probably in the group that fails to keep their resolve. To have more than one resolution increases the chances of failure. More people make resolutions to start a new habit than to break an old habit. Whatever your fitness resolution, you must find the motivation to overcome a bad habit, or to instill a good one, through to 2013’s New Year’s Day. With the proper mind set and planning, you can get fit in 2013!
About the Author
Theresa M. loves helping people get and stay fit. She uses online recourses to find great new workout plans that help her stay fit and motivated.