- What is one thing you would do if you knew you could not fail?
- If you had a magic wand and could change anything...
- A genie is able to grant you one wish...
- If you woke in the morning and a miracle had occurred, what would it be?
I used to not believe in making resolutions, simply because I hate the feeling I get when I don't live up to them! What that comes down to is me, putting too much pressure on myself to live up to some unattainable standard. Or my goals were simply too vague, lacking much needed specifics.
To avoid the New Years resolution let downs follow these simple tips:
- Break your goals into small manageable pieces. Instead of saying "I resolve to loose 50 lbs," try something like, "I resolve to loose 1 lb a week." This way, we can meet our goals gradually and the weekly "wins" will provide motivation and momentum.
- Start small. If you want to be working out 5 days a week but currently can't locate your gym pass, it's likely you wont be able to get yourself to the gym everyday (I still struggle getting all my planned runs in every week). So, start small, 2 days a week to start with. When you feel like that is no big deal, move it up to 3 days a week. Or You can even say, "In March I will start going to the gym 3 days a week, then June 4 days a week..." Going from nothing to that ideal overnight is really hard to do. You might find yourself putting a lot of pressure on yourself which leads to feeling overwhelmed, to disappointment, and eventually giving up.
- Believe in yourself! Be your biggest cheerleader. If you find that you are feeling overwhelmed and disappointed, simply reassess your goals. You might be trying to do too much too quick.
- Expect the failure. We are going to slip up, it really is inevitable. Knowing it will happen at some point will make it easier to live with yourself after it happens. Just own it, and move on.
- Avoid haters! I want to dedicate a post on how to identify and avoid haters in the future but for now just avoid those who do not put positive into your life. If they doubt you and make subtle remarks about your slow progress, just ignore them and move on. They really aren't worth the time of day.