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Make Good Habits Stick
How nice would it be if our lives could continuously run on autopilot? If chores, exercise, eating healthy, and getting your work done would just happen automatically? Unfortunately, until robot servants are invented I’m afraid that’s just not the case.
We all know the familiar saying, “Out with the old, in with the new.” Well, with the start of the new year, this is the time when everyone makes their long list of resolutions and goals for 2017. We begin making promises to ourselves that sound something along the lines of, “This year will be the year I get healthy again.” “This year I’m going to the gym at least twice a week.” or “No more chocolate cake for me.”
While having goals and resolutions is great, all too often by the time spring rolls around, we are set back into our old ways again. While those resolutions are just getting started, here are some ways you can keep them in place without reverting backward.
1. NAME IT
Before you start anything, you need to let yourself know exactly what you are working toward. Simply aiming to be healthier or thinner is a goal, but what exactly does it mean? According to research, you need to choose goals that are concrete and measurable that can be linked to an actual behavior. For example, if you want to be more active, decide that you’ll walk your dog every morning for an hour in the park. If you want to eat better, snack on fruits rather than chips. Setting goals that can be directly correlated with an action, can have more impactful results than those that are more broad and vague.
2. KNOW YOURSELF
Take a moment to ask yourself, “What kind of person am I, really? If you know you are not a morning person, don’t set the resolution that you will wake up at 5AM to go to the gym before work, it’s just not practical and you can set yourself up for easy failure. Instead, recall successes you had in the past to clue yourself into what types of things work for you.
3. PLAN FOR A LITTLE FAILURE
We are only human, and therefore it’s fair to say that things are bound to go wrong along the way. That surprise birthday party will come along that will tempt you with chocolate cupcakes and delicious desserts. But, the key to being successful in your resolutions is to anticipate those types of challenges. When planning how you’ll achieve your new goal, you want to incorporate ‘if-then’ plans that will account for those instances. Then next time there are cupcakes at a party, you take one, enjoy every bite of it and walk away happy.
4. SHOW YOURSELF SOME LOVE
Studies have proven that when you feel energizes and cared for, it becomes easier to resist temptation. That’s why you want to make sure you are regularly treating yourself in healthy mindful ways. For example, try doing a crossword puzzle a few nights a week or watch tv while you relax and burn your favorite scented candle. A healthy mind will only help you stay on track with your goals.
5. SET MILESTONES
Often times people feel done as soon as they have achieved their goal. However, according to sleep doctor Gretchen Rubin, “Don’t think of it as a finish line. Instead, consider it one milestone out of many.” When you finish one goal, think about how you can build on it to create a new target to shoot for. Sometimes it’s even better to plan for the next milestone while still achieving the first, to push yourself to keep going. You’r good momentum will continue to carry you forward.
The scariest part about New Year’s Resolutions lists are that they can sometimes be as long as your holiday shopping list. In addition to the post-holiday blues, there’s nothing worse than not being able to keep up with your resolutions by February and March. However, this year, try a few of our tips and tricks to help you stay focused and on track towards a great year and an even better you.