Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope you had a great holiday season catching up with family and friends.
The new year of course means a fresh start with new goals to accompany to them. I personally hate how people look down upon New Year’s Resolutions. People expect you to fall out of your resolutions when they gleefully smile at you and ask, “How are your New Year’s Resolutions going?”
This year, make your answer to those questions as “My New Year’s Resolutions are going great, actually,” by following these few tips and tricks that I found helpful to maintain and sustain my goals.
ONE // Set subset goals within one big goal
A lot of people, when they set their New Year’s Resolutions give a generic and vague goal such as “I want to lose weight,” “I want to lose x pounds,” “I want to start eating healthy,” “I want to go to the gym more,” “I want to get better grades,” and many more.
Instead, set mini or subset goals on top of these big ones. Ideally, make these goals monthly. For instance, for the goal of eating healthy, set a goal such as eat one healthy meal every day. So whether that be breakfast, lunch, or dinner, every day, have ONE meal that is healthy. Then the next month, up that number to TWO meals. Then for the third month, have 4 out of the 7 days where ALL THREE meals are healthy. And then work from there.
The same goals for any other goal. While yes, this does require more work and planning, at the long term, you will have more fruitful results.
TWO // Set a specific goal whether that be a number or a certain result
It’s easy to say that you achieved a goal when you don’t have a certain threshold to pass. For instance, if you set your goal as I want to eat healthier, but you never set the number of days in a week or number of meals in a day you want to eat healthy, as long as you eat one healthy meal, that means you achieved your resolution, right?
Instead, set a specific numeric goal. For losing weight, going along with the previous tip, set a certain amount you want to lose each month. So on January, I want to lose 2 pounds, and then work yourself around that. If after January, 2 pounds was too easy on you, then make February 4 pounds. If it was too hard, make it 1 pound.
Set a number, a specific threshold that you want to pass.
THREE // Find yourself inspiration
Just as I find that fitness motivation is important, inspiration and motivation is vital in achieving your goals. For eating healthy, follow Instagram accounts that posts pictures of fresh and clean meals. For exercising, follow Instagram accounts that are focused on fitness. For getting good grades, list some role models that are attending or have attended your dream school or is doing your dream job. Make your destination – as hard as it may be – a constant reminder wherever you go.
So that wraps up my tips for New Year’s Resolutions! I know it was short with only 3 tips, but I believe with these tips, you guys will be all set!
I will be posting tomorrow my New Year’s Resolutions, following these very tips!
Good luck and make 2017’s New Year’s Resolutions actually work!
What are some of your New Year’s Resolutions?