Did you know that on average, only 8% of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions? Each and every January we make pie-in-the-sky goals for the new year ahead. Only to give up come February. Is it possible to break free of this all-or-nothing mentality when it comes to our goals for the New Year? I think so. Here are some thoughtful New Year’s resolution ideas for 2020 that you can actually keep.
People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. -Zig Ziglar
Our goals are often unrealistic (therefore impossible to attain). We set too many goals for ourselves all at once (instead of focusing on one at a time). We attempt to go “cold turkey” on our old habits. Often, we fail to realize that new habits take time to develop. We view January 1st as our only start date instead of realizing that every single day offers us a new beginning
1.) Start Small (like really, REALLY small)
Instead of vowing to lose 50 pounds by year’s end, commit to being more active today than you were yesterday. Depending on your level of fitness, this will look different for everyone. For example, if you normally inactive, start with a walk around the block. The next day, you can add another few steps to your walk or do a few sit-ups. The goal here is to build up a new habit little by little until it becomes second nature. Also, try to focus on one new habit at a time.
2.) Forgive Yourself
When you experience setbacks (and you will), don’t spend unnecessary energy dwelling on them. Beating yourself up for your perceived failures will not help you succeed.
Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back on the proverbial horse. If it helps, you can even say “I forgive you” out loud to yourself.
3.) Be Consistent
A new habit can take upwards of 60 consecutive days to cultivate. Thankfully, there’s room for error in this statistic. Missing a day or two here and there isn’t likely to throw you off.
Think about it though. How many times have you started an exercise program only to stop (for whatever reason)? When you try to pick it up again, doesn’t it seem like it’s 10 times more difficult the second time around? That’s why, when you’re trying to form a new habit, it pays to be consistent.
4.) Celebrate Small Wins
When you complete that first walk around the block, then be sure to give yourself a high-five. The next time you do it, you can reward yourself with a candle-lit bubble bath. After ten walks around the block treat yourself to a new pair of walking shoes.
5.) Remember Your Reasons
When resolving to make a change for the better, it’s important for you to remember your “why”. If your goal, for example, is to lose weight, your list of “whys” may look something like this: *To look awesome in that little black dress *Have more energy to spend with your loved ones *To reduce medications/resolve health issues
6.) Start Over (each and every day)
Rather than viewing resolutions as a yearly occurrence, imagine each day is January 1st. Let each day be a new beginning towards the lighter, cleaner, more organized life you imagine yourself living.