People drop their New Year’s resolutions as frequently as they make them. It often feels like it’s an endless frustration. They try to make smaller, more manageable plans, yet still fail to keep their promise. If it’s not about the ambition, then what is it about?
Resolutions that include fitness goals are probably some of the hardest. The key to being successful is having not only an ambition, but a whole plan. Don’t set just a starting time, but also a deadline. This will keep you motivated. Visualize yourself working for your goals. It will help you see whether it’s doable or not.
Another great tip is to refrain from focusing on more areas in your life during the same time. If you plan to have a better love life, get a better job, make more friends, move someplace new etc., on top of your fitness goals for the year, you’ll be quickly overwhelmed. It’s almost impossible to handle changes in more areas of life. You will need too much energy and determination. The wisest is to simply focus on a goal and stick with it.
Involving a friend or relative in your plans will do you good. We’re not saying you should find a gym partner to come with you each time. It’s enough that you communicate your plans to someone. Let them know the deadline, too. This way, they will keep on checking your progress, asking you about it, motivating you etc. Also, in case you’re neglecting your goals, they will be there to remind you.
Rewards will keep you going and make you enthusiastic about every step and every stage in your plan of getting fit in the new year. Therefore, set some rewards for yourself at certain intervals. You need to have something to fight for, other than the results you are dreaming with. The rewards could be a few weekends off, a particular kind of food, a meeting with friends and so on.
You might need someone to support you, perhaps someone from the fitness field. Don’t hesitate to ask for guidance or assistance. Even the biggest fitness stars and bodybuilders had been in need of that. You may need a mentor or an expert – in any case, someone who’s walked that road and can offer you tips.
You may want to record your progress right from the beginning. It doesn’t matter that you’re making baby steps, it still matters. Write it down in a journal, take pictures or make videos. The forming archive will be showing you what a long way you’ve come. Also, it helps break down the effort into smaller bits and provide you with more rewards.
Are you now ready to make your New Year’s resolution? Will this lead to a better, fitter you? Channel your energy into this goal and see it coming true. If it’s the same as last year, you may want to change it a bit.
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