So we are almost 2 weeks into 2013. If you made some resolutions for the New Year, let’s hope you are off to a great start. Obviously if you want to be successful in your resolutions you have to make a sincere commitment to them. Luckily enough, it only takes 21 days to form a new habit.
So how do you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions?
Well one key is to be very specific about your goal. You can’t just say, “I want to lose weight”. If that was one of your resolutions, you should update it. It is better to say, “I want to lose 4-5 lbs a month so I can be ready for the beach in June.” You have to make sure the goals are realistic and measureable, that is why it is important to be specific.
Another mistake people seem to make when it comes to resolutions is to have too many. If on January 1st you came up with 20 things you wanted to change about yourself, chances are you will fail. You have to focus on one or two really important things at a time. If you want to train for a marathon, and a figure competition you will have to choose one or the other, or you will more than likely fail at both.
Without being a bore, it is also a good idea to tell everyone about your resolutions. The more people you know, the more accountable you will be. Letting people in on your goals should serve as a motivator to actually achieve what you set out to do, so when they ask “how’s it going?” you have a good answer.
And I think the most important key is to set small intermittent goals. You need to have little checkpoints along the way, to measure your progress. If your goal is losing 20 lbs by June, then you should have a timeline for each 5lb increment. That way you know if you are on track or not, and you greatly increase your odds of reaching your ultimate goal.
For me personally, I want to compete in my first figure show. I signed up with my coach, and have officially started my training. And my coach will assess where we are on a weekly basis, which is the best way to achieve a long term goal. So I hope some of these ideas help you reach your goals in 2013. And if your resolutions involve weight loss, then check out my New Year New You Challenge Group. It kicks off January 28, 2013. Space is filling up quickly so don’t put it off. Either way, this year will be what you make of it. Thanks for reading, and here’s to a GREAT YEAR!!