We’ve all been there before. New year, new you. But how long does it really last? Is it sustainable? By the end of the year are you where you thought you would be back on day 1?
My guess is that for many of you it doesn’t last long, it’s not sustainable, and by the end of the year you find yourself making the same promises you did at the end of the year prior. Ever wonder why how we get stuck in that endless cycle? I will let you in on a little secret of mine. I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. In theory it may sound great. Everyone’s doing it. The problem is that there is little accountability with resolutions and after the initial enthusiasm wears off, real life sets in, and it’s easy to fall back into old habits.
Whether you hope to make changes to diet, exercise, or both, it will take more than simply stating a resolution to make those words turn into sustainable actions. The best way to see results is to set goals. These should be measurable and have a definite time limit to work towards. Goals shouldn’t be open-ended and flexible. They should be well structured. Additionally, these goals should be attainable. This means you may need to start small. Big, lofty goals with long time spans will only set you up for failure.
This year be successful! When the new year rolls around set 3 goals for health and wellness that can be achieved within the month of January and are able to be sustained habits for the rest of the year. Hold yourself accountable for these. Check in with yourself weekly to make sure you are staying on track. By the end of January you will have 3 new healthy habits firmly in place. That’s no small feat! Pat yourself on the back, take a deep breath, and see if you can come up with 3 more small changes to make in the month of February.
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