It’s the very first day of the year. Here is a list of tips that will help keep me on track to reach my New Years Goals. Maybe they would help gain some insight for you.
I have & I’m already procrastinating about them, one in particular which is the most famous resolution of all, changing my diet. It’s not even 10:30 AM Jan. 01, 2016 & I’ve decided to push my goal to tomorrow, since today is a holiday & my family is enjoying life’s little pleasures such as eating a soul satisfying breakfast. Upon awakening, I immediately thought, darn it’s the first day of the year & I have to start my new healthy habits. My second thought was, why should I suffer today when I can easily make the decision to start Monday instead of today? (That was the choice I made)
After indulging in a delicious breakfast, I decided to research the reasoning behind this feat. There are many interesting things I learned. Here are the top five reasons I found that makes keeping our resolutions a real challenge.
1. Gaining Self Control
Most of us decide to set a few goals in the health & fitness department. In fact it’s the number one resolution. What I learned was that our bodies are regulated by the process of homeostasis. When we are hungry, we eat. When we are tired, we sleep, etc. When we deplete our system, whether by cognitive or physical exhaustion, we tend to make decisions sub-consciously to either keep going or give in once we hit that decision-making threshold, despite our best intentions.
What I take away from this is that if I really want something bad enough, I will find the motivation to make it happen. In my case, I’d like to kick my procrastination to the curb along with achieving my health goals. A two for one. Is this possible?
2. Set Realistic Goals
In my case, as mentioned above, I only have two resolutions, – Improve my health & – Stop procrastinating. These are pretty broad & cover a lot of ground. Instead of allowing these ideas roll around in my head like a pair of marbles, I must write them down with the proper definition behind each one. This will help me visualize what has to happen in order to reach my resolutions realistically.
3. Create a well-designed plan
Under each goal/resolution, create a list of attainable tasks/steps that can be done daily. For example, my top resolution is to Improve my health. I broke that down in step two, by creating a definition of that & wrote it down. Now I need to break that down even further into specific daily attainable tasks like, drink 8 glasses of water every day. I can track that on my phone & in order to be reminded each time I look at my phone to drink more water.
4. Use Technology to your Advantage
There’s an app for that. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with all thats out there. I like to give the benefit of the doubt & try those I think will work for me, yet not have to keep up with using so many. What I’ve found to work best for me, I type things out in my notes & screen shot that, then save it as my background picture. That way, overtime I look at my phone, there’s what I need to see.
5. Social Support
This is my all-time favorite. Back to my first resolution, Improve my health. I found over the past two years that when I participate in a online support group with others with the same goals, (let’s say to loose 10 pounds, could be different for everyone) at the end of the day, logging into my group helps keep me accountable to my goals. How we do that is we take sweaty selfies after our workouts, we give each other virtual high fives, we document our food for the day & touch on the high’s & low’s. It helps tremendously! In fact it changed my life. I’d like to get a handful of people together to do this & stay consistent with it throughout the year. I’m looking forward to this the most.
So at the end of the day, after I’ve written this as well as put a lot of thought into it, I’m feeling more motivated about my new years goals than ever before. I’m ready to make 2016 a fantastic year! Who’s with me? Comment below that you are so we can virtually support one another!
Better yet! Come join an online accountability group with me! I will be hosting them monthly. firstname.lastname@example.org