New Year’s Resolutions That Work

why new year's resolutions failI feel like New Year’s resolutions can really get a bad rap.  Sure, many people set out with goals to get healthier, lose weight, start saving money, etc and they don’t achieve their goals.  But that’s life.  Not everyone is going to stay focused, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t work.  I started really taking my health seriously 4 years ago after stepping on a scale around Christmas.  So it was somewhat of a New Year’s resolution that got me started, and I’m still going strong 4 years later.

So what makes some New Year’s resolutions successful while others fizzle out?

I think there are a few things that play an important role in making a resolution successful.  Those factors are: the reason you want to hit your goal, how realistic your goal is and the support you have around you.

1) Your “Why”
This is by and far the most important part of making a resolution.  You have to know what the reason behind the goal is.  Say you want to lose 20 lbs.  That’s a great goal to have.  But why is that important to you?  Will it let you be more comfortable in your wardrobe?  Will it bring you into a healthy weight range?  Do you want to lose some weight so you can have more energy to keep up with your family?  Really dig in here and figure out the reason behind the goal.  Figure out exactly why you want to accomplish your goal.

When you’ve figured that out, write it down!  Physically writing down a goal really can have a big impact on how well you do reaching it.  It makes it tangible and real.  So whether that’s somewhere private or somewhere public, write down your goal and your “why”.

2) Realistic Goals
Obviously having something to shoot for is helpful.  But you also have to make sure it’s reasonable.  If you’ve been overweight for a very long time or have a lot of weight to lose, I think it helps to start out with smaller goals.  Make your first one to lose 5 lbs in a month.  That’s really doable and gives you something realistic to shoot for.  Does it seem daunting to set a goal for the entire year?  I think it is.  So start out small.  Make a goal for the first week of the year or the first month.  Once you start hitting your smaller goals, you’ll find that you really build momentum.

Having realistic goals also provides a ton of motivation.  Say you set that 5 lb goal instead of a 50 lb goal.  Won’t you feel a lot better when you hit that within a month?  You have a sense of accomplishment, which will go a long way in keeping you on track.  If you need help figuring out what a realistic goal is for you, I’m more than happy to help you find it.

3) Your Support System
Many, many people try to go down this road solo.  You can definitely make it happen on your own, but it’s waaaay harder than if you have someone else or a whole group helping push you.  I’ve tried getting in shape on my own and I often found myself skipping workouts or just not pushing very hard.  I workout at home by myself now, but I have a ton of support online which really gets me fired up!  So whether you’re going to the gym or working out at home, find a partner, coach, etc to check in with and help keep you on track.  It’s amazing what you can accomplish with a little push from someone else!

If you focus on these three things, you’ll have a much better shot than if you’re just winging it by yourself.  New Year’s resolutions can and do work, you just have to set yourself up for success!



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