Hands up how many of us started out the new year with some resolutions and goals in mind? Then how many of us are still sticking at them? Goals and resolutions can be hard to stick to, especially if they haven’t been thought through carefully – if it’s ones that scare you that’s usually a good sign. Then it can lead to you to a bit of a slump where you feel bad for reverting back to your old ways. Now, this isn’t about saying that you should never make goals or resolutions; it is about choosing the ones that will stick.
So if you’re sat wondering how to keep up the new years diet or how to get your fitness to where you want it to be, or even how to get your career to where you want it to be, then read on. Here are some strategies to help you make your healthy goals become habits so that they stick.
CHOOSE A COGNITIVE GOAL
The resolutions and goals that we often set ourselves are going to be doing something physical, like stopping smoking or doing yoga three times a week. But really, in order to make our goals stick, we need to start off with our mind. You can’t aim to get fit or lose a stone if you’re still suffering with depression or have something stressful going on in your life. So plan things out and make a cognitive goal. It could just be that you’ll decide you’ll deal with a situation and research the best ways to train for a 5k or to build muscle; whatever your end goals are.
HAVE THE END IN MIND
It can all be very well going a juice cleanse or doing daily workouts for a month. But that is only giving you some ‘instant’ results, rather than seeing any long term change. It is why so many people got annoyed over ‘dry January’ this year, as cutting it out, to then go and binge drink on 1st February isn’t the way to do it. It is about making small changes each day that are going to help you to improve your healthy goals in the long term. You’ll only keep weight off if you’ve learned portion control, for example.
PLAN FOR A LACK OF MOTIVATION
There will come times when you’re not motivated to carry on with what you’re doing and get yourself to the gym once again. So you can’t rely on your own motivation. But if you can make plans to help when this kind of thing happens, then it will help to keep you on track. A gym or healthy eating buddy could be a help, as well as personal trainer, for example. You could also think about posting reminders to yourself, as well as blocking out the time so you make sure no other plans get in the way. You could also use social media as a tool to help you.
These are all fairly simple strategies, but they are going to make it much more likely that you stick to your goals and really make some healthy changes in your life.
Please note, this is a collaborative post.
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