Now that it's the end of the year, everyone is thinking of what their "New Year's Resolution" will be... This is easier said than done. Gyms will become crowded (for a couple months) and people will be posting lots of pictures of their food on Instagram. No matter how much you tell yourself you are going to stick to your resolution this year... How honest are you being with yourself? You know yourself better than anyone and you can do anything you want and anything you put your mind to, but if you are not truly ready to make those changes, it's probably not going to last very long. But good news! I have some tips on how to make those changes and prepare you to ring in the New Year!
1. Think big, start small
Whatever your goal may be, set several small goals to get you there along the way. If your goal is to lose 40 pounds this year... I hate to say it, but that's not going to happen in a month or two, so set a goal of when you want to lose the first 5 pounds, 10 pounds, and so on... Or maybe your goal is to drink more water and less soda. Just waking up one day and committing yourself to not drinking anymore soda is going to be quite challenging. Try replacing one soda with water at a time! If you take on too much at one time, you are more likely to get discouraged because it's hard to change too many things at once.
2. Write it down
Writing down your goals will help you 1) not to forget them and 2) can help give you a little motivation whenever you find yourself struggling to stay on track! Obviously weight loss is a very popular choice for a New Year's Resolution, but your goals can be anything. Try to think about your life as a whole... do a better job at saving money, limit checking social media to certain times a day, not using your phone when on a date or at the dinner table. It can be literally anything.
3. Talk about it
If you tell someone what your goals are, you are more likely to stick to them. If someone asks "How's it going?" and you have to give an answer you don't necessarily want to give, you may get a little discouraged. Talk about it, find a partner, and commit yourself to your goals. You will encounter difficult times along the way, but having some extra motivation is what will keep you on track!
4. Don't beat yourself up
A New Year's Resolution is something that you are supposed to work on ALL YEAR, not January through March. If you stop for a coffee on the way to work when you set your goal to make your own coffee in the morning, it's not going to kill you if it happens a few times or if you want to treat yourself. It's a New YEAR'S Resolution, not a New Week's Resolution!