The start of a new year brings with it a sense of hope and rejuvenation. And we’re still very early into this new year of 2021.
January 1st was the day we officially wiped our proverbial slates clean and started becoming that new “us” we envisioned.
You know what we’re talking about—the “us” who doesn’t drink too much or snack too often. The “us” who works out like a fiend and eschews sugar in favor of another glass of water. Worried you’ll fail, once again, to achieve the resolution you set? You’re not alone.
A survey conducted by Statista, found that only four percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions actually reach them. Don’t become a statistic. Instead, follow these six tips to help stick to your resolves.
- Be Realistic. There’s little more frustrating than failing to reach your goal. That’s why it’s important to start with something small and attainable, so you feel a sense of accomplishment.
Once you’ve achieved one goal (i.e., walk around the block three times a week), you can move on to something a little loftier (i.e., add a few push-ups or sit-ups before your walk).
Don’t set too many goals at once. Instead, focus on one at a time. Also, write each one down and stick it somewhere visible to remind you to keep on track.
- Make a Plan. Now that you have the resolution, you need to set a plan of attack for how you’ll attain it. Hoping to drink more water? Put reminders in your phone. Want to become stronger? Schedule exercise appointments a few times a week so you’ll never forget. Want to cut down on stress? Sign up for a regular class (like the TVS stretching sessions or Post Rehab Exercise Program) to keep you motivated.
- Be Forgiving. It’s easy to falter, which is why so many of us do. Don’t beat yourself up about falling off your resolution wagon. Instead, forgive yourself, brush off that dust and get back in. Then, try to reach your goal again. Or maybe it’s time to take a closer look at that target. Is it too ambitious? If so, reassess and set a more attainable one.
- Understand the Why. Recognizing why you chose a certain resolution will help you stick with it. If you’re opting to lose weight, for instance, you may be doing so to have more energy to play with your kids, fit into your favorite pair of jeans, or lower your cholesterol. Never losing sight of the why will help you stick with your resolve.
- Don’t Give Up. Okay, so maybe you don’t always reach your full potential when it comes to reaching a New Year’s Resolution. Perhaps you exercise twice a month instead of twice a week. There’s still hope!
Researchers found that those who make New Year’s resolutions are 10 times more likely to reach their aspirations than those who don’t set a resolve. That means, even if you don’t fulfill your entire goal (i.e. you drink 4 glasses of water a day instead of 6), you’re better off than you would have been had you never set one.
- Celebrate Your Successes. Even if it’s a tiny accomplishment (i.e., choosing celery over chips), be mindful of your achievement. Who really wants to choose celery? You’ve done a great thing here, and every small step helps get you closer to your end goal. This is called building a success mindset and it’s essential to keeping you on the path to triumph.