Odds are that you have some experience with New Year’s promises to yourself that may not have gotten completed in the past. We all do. January 1st usually brings a tidal wave of healthy intentions along with it. Most people charge hard out of the gate to achieve their resolution, but motivation tends to wane by the end of the month.
So how can you stop falling short and achieve your New Year’s Resolution? How can you finally find something to connect to and actually be successful? The answer is simple; we just have to change the way we think about making resolutions!
This year, stop focusing on outcomes (lose 5 pounds, go down two pant sizes) and start focusing on behaviors instead. Outcomes are very hard to control, and not achieving them (even through no fault of your own) can cause you to lose motivation and steam faster than anything else.
Instead of making a results-based goal, try making a behavior-based goal. Make a resolution to go to the gym five days a week, to no longer drink soda at lunch, or even to take a 10-minute walk every day at lunchtime. Making a behavioral goal is far easier to achieve, since it is something you can always directly impact and control.
Also, behavioral goals can lead to great results, which is always a plus. If you can nail down regular gym habits and the consistent avoidance of junk foods, then the physical results are sure to follow!
Change the dynamic of your goal-setting process to build mental momentum and create lasting healthy habits! Make this New Year’s the one where you really make changes and stop just talking about them. Think of behavior-based goals that you can control and then get to work achieving them!