Happy New Year everyone! I could talk to you about how silly New Year’s Resolutions can be (why is the 1st of the year better than any other day?), but I know you will set them anyway, so I thought I would offer some helpful tips. This doesn’t mean I believe New Year’s Resolutions are bad. I just think if you have a goal, you should get started right away and not wait until next year. While the vast majority of resolutions will fail, you can put yourself in the elite 8% of successes by following these tips:
- Be Specific – You need to start by figuring out what your goal is specifically. If you are making a health-related goal, “I want to be more fit” isn’t going to cut it. If it is body composition related, decide on the exact amount of muscle you want to add or fat you want to lose. Also have a deadline for the goal. It can’t be just some magical time in the future, it must be a certain date.
- Be Positive – This is meant in more ways than one. Since your subconscious mind cannot process negative words, avoid them when you are choosing your goal. For instance, if you tell yourself you want to lose X pounds of fat, your subconscious will focus on the word fat, and work you towards that goal. If you tell yourself you are Y pounds, your subconscious will help you towards that goal. Being Positive also refers to your attitude. Setbacks, big or small, are likely to happen. Stay focused on the goal, and how great you will feel once you reach it.
- Be Accountable – It is completely on you to succeed in your New Year’s Resolution. You are the only person capable of stopping yourself. If you want to change your situation, you have to change what you are doing. To be accountable, you must have consistent checkpoints or mini-goals for yourself on the way. These are to make sure you are on the path to success. Do everything you can – safely and within reason – to hit your checkpoints. If you fail, take an honest assessment of why you failed and what you can do to get back on track.
What am I missing? Are there any helpful hints you have to share? If so, please leave a comment below or join the conversation on Twitter. Best wishes on all your resolutions for the New Year.