Post by: Christopher Jackson.
You’re two weeks in to your New Year’s resolution. Your legs hurt, the cookies and sodas are calling, and the gym is just too crowded. Don’t give up! Here are some tips for staying strong to your resolutions:
1. Make sure your goals are attainable
One of the biggest mistakes people can make is to make their resolutions impossible. If your goal is to NEVER drink soft drinks again or to run ten miles every day when you’re currently running zero, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Choose a goal (or even change your goal) and start slow, such as limiting yourself to only one soft drink per week or running ten miles a week instead of a day.
2. Have a game plan
If you made your resolution on a whim right before midnight, then it’s quite possible that you didn’t think through the long-term effects of your goals. Make sure you have a plan for the long-run. How many hours a week will I run? What exercises will I do at the gym? When will I exercise each day? Having a plan will help you remember and keep track of your progress.
3. Hold yourself accountable
This is a big one. Telling people this is your resolution or going to the gym with a friend will improve your chances for success (also running or riding with a friend is much more enjoyable than going solo). Keeping your resolution to yourself makes it easy to quit without any consequences. Having people know will motivate you to keep going that extra mile!
4. Make it a habit
Studies have shown that it takes about 21 days for an activity to become a habit and about six months for that activity to become a part of your personality. So don’t be discouraged! If you started on January 1, your activity should start becoming routine very soon.
5. Reward your efforts
This is going to be a long process so, periodically, you should thank yourself for all the hard work you’ve been doing. Whether that is having a “cheat” day for a meal, getting a massage or going on a date night, being able to take a break from your efforts is a must.
As the year progresses and you continue to train and work towards your goals remember to be persistent, patient, and be Swift! Here’s a motivational quote to get you started:
“You don’t climb mountains without a team, you don’t climb mountains without being fit, you don’t climb mountains without being prepared and you don’t climb mountains without balancing the risks and rewards. And you never climb a mountain on accident – it has to be intentional.” -Mark Udall