New Year’s Resolutions That Work

new years resolutionYou can probably guess that the most common new year’s resolution is to lose weight and get in shape.  If you’re a regular at any gym, I’m sure you’re not looking forward to the mass of people that have decided January is a good time to start working out.  There is always a flood of new people who you’ll see for the first 3 weeks and then not until the next year.  I’ve seen it many times.  People start with good intentions but fall off the wagon.  If that’s been you in the past, I want to give you some tips so that you can make a new year’s resolution that works.

Tips on Creating a New Year’s Resolution

I’ve had resolutions that failed and resolutions that have been successful, so I thought I would give you some tips on what’s helped me keep my New Year’s resolutions:

1) Be realistic.  The last thing you want to do is set yourself up for disappointment.  If you have 50 lbs to lose, don’t expect it to happen in your first month or two.  Getting healthy, and especially losing weight, will take time and consistency.  If you need to lose 50 lbs or more, that’s great to know what you’re shooting for.  But set smaller, short-term goals to help you get there.  Instead of saying you want to lose 50 lbs in January, shoot for 8 lbs.  That’s a little under 2 lbs a week, which is realistic when it comes to weight loss.

2) Set specific goals.  If your goal is to “lose weight” I’ll tell you right now that you won’t be very successful.  How will you know when you’ve reached your goal?  When you’ve lost 1 lb?  You need to be specific in your goal setting.  Don’t be vague here.  If you know exactly what you want to achieve, then you can be focused and determined to reach it.  The more focused on your goal you are, the more likely you will be to stick with it.

3) Make it public.  This can be a bit scary for some, but I think it’s critical.  Make your goals known!  Tell your best friend, tell your spouse, tell your whole social media network.  I don’t really care who it is, but it should be at least one other person.  When you tell someone else what you want to accomplish, that will keep you from slacking off when you “don’t feel like it”.  Have that person or group of people check in with you to see how your progress is going.

4) Find a buddy.  Another important step that helps a ton of people is finding your partner in crime!  Pick one other person to motivate and help keep accountable.  When you have one other person to check in with, motivation will always be there for you.  I see this in a lot of couples who workout together.  They don’t want to let the other person down, so they stick with it.  I’m pumped about this because my wife is going to do P90X3 with me!!

5) Put it on your schedule.  If you actually want to do something, then put it on your schedule!  Whether it’s working out or learning a new language, you need to set aside time to do the task.  Put it on your schedule and don’t allow other things to get in your way.  If it’s on your schedule, you know exactly when you’re doing it and are much more likely to stick with your plan.

6) Reward yourself!  When you reach certain milestones, it’s always a great idea to reward yourself.  That can look like a lot of different things.  Maybe it’s a new pair of pants that you can finally fit into, maybe it’s a trip to somewhere warm, or maybe it’s a cheat meal that you allow yourself to have after being so great with your nutrition.  Whatever it is, it should be something that motivates you.  Then when you reach your goal, you know you’ve earned it!

My New Year’s Resolutions

So as a bonus with my tips, I want to make my New Year’s resolutions public!  I’m pretty excited about these and look forward to accomplishing them.

First, I want to get down to 190 lbs and single digit body fat with P90X3.  My ultimate goal here is to make the infomercial so I will have that to shoot for 🙂

My second resolution is to do 3, 30 minute Spanish sessions a week with my wife.  I don’t know how long it realistically takes to become fluent, so we’ll start with that.  We have Rosetta Stone and want to be bilingual!

So those are my plans, what are you planning on doing to have a successful New Year’s resolution??

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