It’s that time of the year again when you think to yourself, “What do I want to achieve and do in the new year?” Like many of us, you probably wrote down the following:
- Lose a certain number of lbs
- Eat healthier
- Make more time for friends or something similar
The above three goals seem really easy to achieve because they are just four goals, but, they are not. Trust us, we have heard time and time again that you can’t seem to stick to your goals after February. It’s okay, you’re not alone because on average, 80% of people give up on their resolutions by mid-February.
Why do resolutions not work?
Simply, the word resolution is an overpowering, demanding term that inevitably can set you up to fail. Why? Because of any of these reasons:
- The word allows no room for failure or adjustment so if you do fail, you will be discouraged to focus on something new that may be much easier than the first resolution you created.
- You created a resolution that you have previously failed at or made the resolution too large to achieve.
- Lastly, you may have created a resolution that is a huge life change that requires a lot more work than you thought.
How to make your resolution stick?
Everyone has different ideas of what you can do to achieve your resolutions, but every goal and resolution you create should be SMART. No, we are not saying there are dumb resolutions, but if you can make your resolutions Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound you will be more likely to achieve your resolutions. But making a SMART resolution isn’t enough, to ensure you will achieve your resolutions, you should do any or all of the following:
- Only Pick Three Goals or Fewer depending on the size of the goals because you don’t want to change everything at once. This sudden disruption to your every day can discourage you to stick with it. Especially since it takes, on average, 21 days to create a habit
- Breakdown Your Goals into steps on how to achieve that goal.
- Don’t Dwell on Past Failures but focus on new or adapted resolutions to get a feeling of a fresh start
- Share Your Resolution with your friends, family, and coworkers in-person and on social media which will increase your support system along with increasing your commitment to yourself to properly achieve the resolution
- Reward Yourself every time you reach a milestone towards your goal. This can be as small as a night off from the gym or indulge in a sweet treat
- Track Your Progress with FitTrack Dara every morning and the FitTrack Health app so you can see how far you have come, what you need to do to reach your goal and more.
- Focus On One Goal at a Time because changing everything is hard for you to stick with. Make your resolution more manageable by taking it a little slower. You have 366 days (2020 is a leap year) to achieve what you set out on January 1st.
- If You Fail, Don’t Beat Yourself Up but shift your focus on why the resolution didn’t work and break it down to create an alternative solution to get yourself there.
Well, there you go. Make 2020 the year of you and choose you this year. We would love to hear about what resolutions you have created.
Cheers to 2020 FitTrackers!