3 Tips for Setting New Year’s Resolutions

With a new year comes a fresh start. It’s a great time to give yourself New Year’s resolutions to work toward in the months to come. Sometimes these goals are physical (“I wanna run a 5k in the summer!”) or mental (“I want to meditate more.”). Oftentimes, fitness goals can be a mixture of both (“I want to create healthy habits for life!”).

It’s easy to start off strong with your New Year’s resolutions. But somewhere around the middle of February, the adrenaline fades, and people get off track with their resolutions. Old habits creep up and any progress made is easily lost.

If that sounds familiar to you, you’re not alone. Nor does it have to stay that way forever! Below are some tips on setting and achieving your New Year’s resolutions this year.

Be specific with your resolutions

Start by making a list of goals you want to achieve. Write down what you think of before editing it or worrying about the goal itself. Just get all your ideas out of your mind first.

You can write down anything; your resolutions don’t have to be only fitness and diet related! The tips I’m sharing here can help you with your other goals, too. Maybe you want to save more money, read more books, or practice more self-care.

Then, be as specific as you can with your goals. Instead of saying, “I want to get in shape,” you might say, “I want to run a mile faster” or “I want to lift heavier weights.” Being more specific about your goals will make it easier to achieve, not to mention easier to track your progress. You can then compare your running times or how your weight lifting amounts change and see exactly how you’re improving.

Be realistic about your expectations

After you set your specific New Year’s resolutions, create a plan. Be realistic about your expectations and your abilities, otherwise, you may find it hard to stay motivated and excited about working toward your goal. ( I also suggest creating 3-8 goals max)

Take that previous example of”running a mile faster”. Let’s say you’re new to running and currently take about 15 minutes to complete a mile. It’s not very realistic to want a 9 minute mile in one month by running four hours every day, is it? You might find yourself hating your plan...and eventually, ruining itself.

Give yourself time and be realistic about your expectations and limitations. If you only run once a week now, maybe you increase the time spent running each day by ten minutes. Or, you try to run one and a quarter miles instead of just one mile. With this realistic approach, you’ll notice your progress more quickly and want to stick to your resolution.

Be honest with yourself

Before setting a goal and creating a plan to achieve it, be sure it's in line with your other goals or values. If it’s not, you’ll probably find it really tough to motivate yourself. For example, if you want to get stronger but don't want to eat more or don't want to sacrifice getting leaner, then maybe that's not a strong priority for you. Think of other ways to rework your resolution.

And if you’re finding it difficult to set the right New Year’s resolution, consider that it may not be what you really want at all. Do you really want to try this trendy new diet or hit a certain goal weight? Or is that something you think you should do because, well, they’re some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions?

You can always shelve a New Year’s resolution and think about it later, or let it go completely! Why waste time working toward a New Year’s resolution that’s not really true to who you are?

Get started on your New Year’s resolutions

Coming up with specific goals, creating a realistic plan, and executing that plan can be very difficult. That’s why so many people seek outside help with achieving their fitness and diet goals in the New Year.

That’s what you get when you work with me: someone in your corner to help you set the right goals, motivate you, and keep you accountable. Are you ready to discuss your New Year’s resolutions and start making progress toward your goals? Let’s chat! Book a free consultation call with me today!

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