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A New Year... a new you!
Why does it take a new year to get people in the mindset to start their workout/get healthy routine? And why by March do they quit?
For most people, January 1 signifies a time of change. A new year means a new outlook and new goals? Why not start when you feel ready instead of waiting. It’s great that the mind goes directly to making yourself better and wanting to lose a few pounds etc. but why wait? Why not start when you feel the need and have the ambition to do so? We need to change our mind sets to start thinking about long term goals. Most people that wait to the New Year to start their healthy habits fail. Why? Usually, the goals are unattainable and unreasonable for them, or they have waited for months until the new year hits to “start”. Start when the thought hits you, no matter when that may be.
If you have made a New Year resolution to get fit, make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. So often, people make a resolution because it’s the thing to do on January 1 every year. Whether they actually want to follow through with the resolution is another story. Here are a few pointers to help you keep that resolution, but only make one if it’s the right time and you are fully committed.
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1. Make sure your expectations are realistic. It’s great to make resolutions that will challenge you a bit and allow you to grow and learn new things in the process, but taking on too much will only exhaust and dishearten you, making you more likely to give up. “I will go to the gym every day no matter what”, “I will lose 30 lbs in 30 days”, “I will quit all my bad habits for good” and “I will do it all at the same time” is just not going to happen. These are challenging resolutions on their own; each one of them requires great organization and commitment, and together they are just too much to undertake. It’s important to also realize that fulfilling some resolutions takes a long time and you will not be able to see the results right away, so be prepared for this investment of time and stay motivated until you have reached your goals.
2. Properly define your Resolution . “I want to travel more”, “I am going to be more responsible” and “I will do my job better” are not very good resolutions. They are too vague and don’t lead to a specific desired outcome. In order for them to yield results, your New Year’s resolutions, and any other goals that you might have, need to be S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound). Not only should you be able to define what you want to achieve, but you should also have a step-by-step plan of how you are going to get there and how you will benchmark your progress. Well-defined resolutions can set a solid foundation for your success later on.
3. Have the right mindset. Wanting something and working towards getting it are two fundamentally different things. It can be difficult to focus on fulfilling a resolution when you are not in a good place in your life. For instance, last year you wanted to take on more responsibilities at work but your mind was constantly preoccupied with troubles at home, or you decided to quit smoking but didn’t make an effort to avoid temptations, so after a week’s time you relapsed into the old habits. If you are not mentally prepared for all the hard work, distractions, obstacles and setbacks that might be ahead of you, you will most likely fail.
4. Have better Time Management skills. Say you resolved to become more involved in the community by joining your local neighborhood association, regularly attending community meetings, and volunteering for a cause of your choice. You had a goal, a plan and the best of intentions. But then life got busy, and “go to the community meeting” got lost in one of your to-do lists, somewhere between the more pressing “walk the dog” and “get the groceries for dinner” items. Managing your time effectively is not about crossing all the entries off your to-do list; it is about knowing what your priorities are and getting the right things done first.
5. Try to live undistracted. Even the most minor distractions slow you down, wasting your energy and time – consequently adding more stress to your everyday life – and keep you away from things that you really want. Distractions cause you to miss many opportunities in life. They make you feel busy and tired all the time, and frustrated at the lack of progress despite your best efforts. By eliminating unnecessary distractions from your everyday routines, you will be able to make time for things that really matter to you and get one step closer to fulfilling the promises that you made to yourself.
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