How to make New Years resolutions actually happen
If you're reading this, chances are that you've created some new years resolutions and you're pumped to go full force on them RIGHT NOW. Maybe you promised yourself that you'd start drinking a gallon of water each day or go to the gym 7 days a week, OR that you'd lose 40 pounds this month. Whatever it is, I can say with certainty that the way you structured your resolution will not allow you to maintain it for very long.
Have you ever noticed how crowded gyms are in January? It's because everyone and their mother makes a resolution to get fit for the new year. They set unrealistic expectations and burn out really quickly. I
I'm not saying this to be discouraging, in fact, it's quite the opposite.
I want you to succeed and I want this year to be your best year yet. However, I want you to achieve this in the most effective and realistic way possible. I want you to analyze your 2019 goals and determine if they seem too overwhelming. If your answer is yes, here are my top 3 ways to create attainable goals for the new year.
1. Break your goal into baby steps
Trying to achieve a giant goal can seem scary. When you start to work on it, all you see is the crap ton of work ahead of you and you begin to panic. After the panicking, you just flail around until you're burnt out and your goal is no more. This is why I want you to take that goal and break it up.
For example, if your goal is to lose 50 pounds, instead of just throwing that number around and freaking out about how and when it'll happen, phrase it like this: I will lose 5 pounds per month by walking 30 minutes everyday and cutting out soda and candy. Doesn't that seem much more doable? You need a clear cut, realistic plan to help you achieve that big giant goal.
2. Write down your plan
Usually, when we think about our goals, they just seem like dreams that we hope to achieve. In our heads, they seem unreal and arbitrary. This is why keeping a journal is so crucial to successfully crushing your resolutions. Take a day to write down your big goals for 2019, the small steps you will take to achieve them, and how you will feel once you do. Seeing your goals written down increases the likeliness that you'll actually do it because you can physically see it...its right there in front of you.
3. Have accountability
I'll admit, I wasn't always the best at this one. For most of my life, my New York City stubbornness prevented me from allowing anyone from helping me with anything. I never told anybody about my goals because I thought I could do everything myself (*snap snap*). BUT I didn't actually start to see results and feel like I was making progress until I asked for help. This help came in the form of telling other people about my goals. When you tell somebody that you're going to do something and then you don't do it, you look like an ass so you have no choice but to just get over yourself and do it.
I'll be vulnerable for a moment. 3 years ago I decided to apply to physical therapy school. I had to take a bunch of pre-reqs and do volunteer hours to apply. I told a bunch of people about it and then I got rejected, two years in a row. I'm still working on bettering myself to reapply again and a big reason for that is because I have people holding me to it. I can't let them or myself down and neither can you!
There you go! 3 easy ways to achieve your new year's resolutions!
In the words of Eminem in 8 mile: "You can do anything you set your mind to man"