The new year is upon us and it’s resolution season. There is definitely an allure about a new year that gives people hope and excitement, which leads many to want to make changes in their life. However, studies show that a large percentage of these new year resolutions never get to the finish line because we abandon them within a few weeks after we commit. According to data cited by the Huffington Post, only 8% of people keep their New Year’s Resolutions. If you want to avoid failure this year, this article will give you helpful tips for sticking to a new habit and achieving success with your new year’s resolutions.
Top New Year’s Resolutions
According to this 2017 data below provided by Motely Fool, the number one new year’s resolution in 2017 was to “Get Healthy” and this year will probably be no different. To get to the finish line with your resolution and make the health and fitness change you desire, you have to get better at sticking to new habits. Here’s how:
Tips For Sticking To A New Habit
You have to be realistic in setting your fitness and health-related goals for the year. First, pick one or two things you would like to change or improve and focus on those. In addition, even if you have two or three goals, focus on one goal at a time. This will increase your chances of success. Once you accomplish one goal, you can move to the next one. The feeling of success you will get from achieving the first goal will help you in getting to the finish line with the next goal.
Learn to Form Habits
The biggest tip to achieving any resolution is to realize that habits are the secret. If you can develop the skill of forming habits, there is no change in your life you cannot make, regardless of how large they may be. To form a habit, you simply have to stick with the change you are trying to make for at least 21 days. You want to get to the point where your body and mind become used to the new change. Without making it a habit, you are likely to get distracted or make excuses about why you cannot go forward with it. For example, if the change you want to make is to drink more water, each morning, make sure you have the amount of water you need with you, and drink it throughout the day. Continue doing this until you get to the point where each morning, you automatically prepare your daily water ritual. That’s how habits become a part of you. That’s how you make a change in your life that is guaranteed to last.
Think about Convenience
A lot of us fail at resolutions because we set goals that do not fit into our current lifestyle or work schedule. If you make a commitment to go to the gym 3 times a week but your work schedule requires you to work from 7 am to 7 pm, then you have to seriously think about how you are going to fit in your gym time. Your only options are to go before, during, or after work – or make time on weekends. You now have to think about which of these options you are likely to stick with. Do not decide to go to the gym in the mornings when if you don’t like getting up very early – or if you don’t like getting up too early during winter time.
Have a Reward
Build a reward into your habit that pushes you towards your goal. For example, you can reward yourself with a healthy smoothie every-time you go to the gym. That way, you have something to look forward to each time you push through the gym workout. It’s also important not to delay the reward. Yes, you can have a big reward, like buying yourself that watch or purse you’ve been wanting. But while you wait for the big reward, you should have rewards that are immediate, so that you can keep yourself motivated until you achieve success.
Find an Accountability Partner
It’s important that you find someone in your circle to keep you accountable. Do not keep your fitness and health resolutions to yourself. If you are tempted to do that, then you should ask yourself why. Is it because you think it’s unrealistic? Is it because you don’t think you can do it? Actually, telling a trusted person about your goal and instructing them on how you want them to hold you accountable is one of the best tools in helping you get to the goal you are aiming for. Just make sure you agree with the person on how you want them to keep you on track, so it does not come across as nagging – and you also don’t want someone that completely leaves you to your own devices.
Do you have any health and fitness resolutions for the year? What are you doing to hold yourself accountable? What are you doing to make sure you are sticking to a new habit you started? Tell us in the comments section below.