It’s that time of year again where we start thinking about our New Year’s Resolution. This resolution is suppose to be a promise to do an act of self-improvement. Many people choose getting in shape, losing weight, going to the gym more, etc especially after the holidays. Do you know most people only keep their resolution for 4 to 6 weeks and then they just give up on them? A big reason for this is we tend to set goals that are unattainable or hard to achieve. If you want to achieve the resolution of a healthier lifestyle make goals that are are short term, attainable and basically, realistic.
Short term goals can keep you motivated to propel forward with other goals. If you want to lose weight choose a date and how much you want lose. If you want to lose a total of 20 pounds, try setting a realistic goal that you can reach. For example, by January 31st I want to lose 5 pounds. Losing 5 pounds in a month doesn’t seem impossible, so it’s easier to keep motivated and stay on track rather than give up. After you have you have succeeded this short term destination, you will feel accomplished and more motivated to set another goal for the next month. Perhaps you want to run a 5K, 10K, half marathon or even a full marathon. Chose a race you want to enter that is realistic for yourself and create a plan that you can obtain and prepare for. Short term achievements allow you to see progress, which creates more successful results for a long term goal that you want to achieve.
Of course we are not perfect and may have set backs. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t completely reach your goal. Life can throw curve balls at you that can delay your success. Continue setting your short term achievements to stay focused on the end result. Remind yourself why it is important to reach the goal you want. Even write it down on paper and put it somewhere you can see it everyday so you are aware and acknowledge the importance of why you want to reach this achievement.
So this year when you make your New Year’s Resolution to get fit, lose weight or make healthier choices remember to set attainable, realistic, short term goals that will help you be successful. This will ensure that your achievements will continue to be lifestyle change not just momentary high points. Always continue to set short term accomplishments even if you have reached your main achievement. This will help you maintain what you have achieved without setting yourself back.