-5 Ways to Keep those New Year’s Resolutions-
For many of us, we look forward to January 1st to start new practices and break old habits. “New Year, New Me”, right? Unfortunately, many times we set high expectations to gain results but somehow fall short. Here we will explore a few ways to balance life and keep up with your new goals.
- Don’t set unrealistic expectations.
Aircraft engineer Kelly Johnson said it best Keep It Simple Stupid. The KISS principle states “that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated.” Therefore keeping your goals realistic will help them not seem so far out of reach, and easier to obtain. Remember, Rome was not built in a day.
- Encourage a friend to participate with you.
Have you ever heard of the term “misery loves company”? Well, so does success! Find a friend (or two) and work toward your goal together. This way, you can hold each other accountable and celebrate your successes collectively.
- Set mile markers.
Just like the racing game on your new Play Station 4, every goal should have check points. Set dates to have certain tasks
completed by. For example, if your goal is to get in better shape, make a commitment by January 15th to register for your first 5K race. Not only will you be more inclined to keep your goal because you’ve paid for it, but you will also make a bigger effort in the gym to prepare.
- Make sure you stay focused on the journey, and not the outcome.
It’s not all about the destination, sometimes the journey is what makes the destination so wonderful. Enjoy where life takes you, you are sure to learn a lot about your drive, your will power, your mind, body, and spirit. So, just go with the flow!
- Celebrate with Chocolate!!
Okay, well maybe not chocolate. But make sure to reward yourself along the way. Since we were in grade school we have always been rewarded for a job well done. Don’t limit the “gold stars” to the kids. After meeting your weight goal, grab a massage. Been without a cigarette for 30 days? Treat yourself to that new video game you wanted. Whatever your pleasure, make sure you’re appreciating the person who matters most here… YOU!