20 Tips to Help you Achieve and keep Your New Year's Resolutions
_It's that time of year again. Many of us finish the year with indulgences and celebration, and then start the New Year with the best of intentions and sincere resolutions to do things better. Unfortunately these good intentions often end up in frustration and disappointment and not many of us hang on to our New Year's resolutions past January. Sometimes we find ourselves even moving further away from our goals in the New Year rather than accomplishing our resolutions. As a nationally accredited personal trainer I regularly see this with my client each year, though it takes work everyone is truly capable of attaining their goals with proper training, planning, and setting up an environment that is conducive to success, plus a support network of friends co-workers is definitely an added bonus to achieving success and sustaining it.
So how do we take those good intentions and create a plan that will move our vision to reality? How do we avoid the discouragement of failed expectations that lead to avoidance and, even worse, the self-loathing that comes with the failure to achieve the lifestyle changes we want? The first thing we need to do is manage our expectations. If we reach too high, and try to grasp too much it is likely we will fall down quickly. Change does not occur by wishing it to occur. Whatever change we want will require a plan and some discipline - the achievement of New Year's resolutions needs to be done through a realistic and paced process. Research tells us that the most successful changes occur, and are maintained, when they are approached in a realistic, gradual and committed manner. Change takes time.
Once we have put some thought into our vision for the future, and set goals that are based on health rather than perfectionism, then the following simple steps can help you develop and maintain the resolve to achieve your goals.
1. Be realistic.
2. Aim for self-improvement and learning.
3. Line your goals up with your priorities.
4. Set a realistic time frame for change.
5. Focus on self-care and nurturance through the change.
6. Develop your patience.
7. Be honest with yourself - change requires commitment.
8. Look for ways to reduce stress, as it will undermine your discipline and your health.
9. Be prepared to try something new.
10. Be prepared to learn from your mistakes.
11. Celebrate the small steps.
12. Be curious and open to the learning.
13. Look for balance in life.
14. Stay focused.
15. Use self-care and self-reflection to help you accomplish your goals.
16. Look for others who share your goals, and support each other.
17. Have 'safe' people who will encourage you during your highs and lows.
18. Take actions to commit to good decision making.
19. Be non-defensive and open to examining poor decision making.
20. Have some fun along the way - joy can fuel positive change.
In the end, be kind to yourself as you grow, fail and succeed. There is no health in beating yourself up and setting yourself up for failure. Success often comes in packages we did not expect, so be open to things looking a bit different than you expected. Keep moving towards the things that you love and make you feel alive, and that path will lead you towards true change and growth. For professional assistance with achieving your fitness and body composition goals, call (250) 263 - 2156. Happy New Year!
Zen Yahweh Fitness® will help you achieve your goals with accredited training and positive encouragement to help you stay focused as you continue to commit to your goals of an active life style, with balanced nutrition. Zen Yahweh Fitness will tailor an exercise program for your specific needs and encourage regular attendance to workouts, because consistency of regular training and alternating workout variants, accompanied by portion control and a balanced diet are key to your success!