“I’m going to eat a paleo diet.” “This year I’m going to lose 15 pounds.” “I’m going to spend less money.” Or, our favorite: “I’m going to exercise five days per week.”
Remember that day, a mere 2½ months ago, when you solemnly swore that 2017 was going to be DIFFERENT? That you were going to stick to your resolutions no matter what? Yeah, us, too. So how ARE those New Year’s resolutions coming along? If we just made you cringe a little, we apologize. Our goal is not to emit guilt or self-reproach. Rather, if you’re in despair over resolutions that have become more lofty ideas than life changes, we’d like to offer you some Resolution Rescue.
If it’s any comfort, you’re not alone with your resolution struggle. In fact, only 9.2% of those who made New Year’s resolutions in report being successful in their endeavors. Also, people who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to one day meet their goal. Not only that, now that you’ve had some experiences with potential pitfalls and difficulties with your resolutions, you’re likely to make resolutions that you have a much better chance of keeping. Okay, feeling better? Now let’s get on to the business of how to get you back on track, to have the best second quarter possible.
- Pick your favorite. Just choose one goal that you feel most strongly about wanting to achieve, and hone your energy into reaching that goal. And with this one resolution, make sure that it’s challenging enough to be a big accomplishment, but not so lofty that you’re setting yourself up for failure.
- Seek out success stories. They say that no man (or woman) is an island, and this is true with resolutions, too. It can be humbling to ask for advice or help, but another person’s wisdom can make or break your success. If you know someone who has successfully achieved the very thing you’re trying to accomplish, seek him or her out and ask for some tips.
- Measure your progress. Don’t take an all-or-nothing approach to your goal. Sure, you want to knock it out of the park, but be sure to properly congratulate yourself on your smaller goals, too. Plus, if you are closely monitoring your progress then you can quickly determine if your goals are too high, too easy, or if you’ve hit a plateau.
- Get back on that horse. Realize that you will indeed stumble. And when you do, don’t you dare simply throw in the towel. One weak moment during the day is not an excuse to throw the rest of the day in the trash. The sooner you get back up again, the sooner you’ll reach your goal. Coach Vince Lombardi put it well when he said, “It isn’t whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.”
Don’t think of your January resolutions as failures, thinking of them as a rehearsal of sorts. After the practice round of the first quarter, you have a much bigger and better chance of keeping your “new and improved” resolution. Let your trainer at Fitness Together know what goals you have. During your own personalized workout session, your trainer will help you to do exactly what you need to be successful. It’s your own trainer, it’s your workout, and it’s your goal to accomplish.