Stop smoking. Lose weight. Exercise more. Read a book a month. Travel more. Whatever your New Year Resolution may have been, how’s it coming along? With spring just around the corner, it’s a wonderful time for a Resolution Check-Up. There’s a lot of year left and plenty of time to keep the promises you made to yourself.
Reevaluate. Is your Resolution something you really want? I mean, really want? If you set the Resolution to lose weight, is that the healthiest choice for you? Sometimes peer pressure and Instagram intimidation can play mind tricks and lead us to believe we need to change something about yourselves that actually may be just fine for who we are. How important is the Resolution to you and what are the long-term benefits of sticking with the Resolution? Does it fit who you really are? If so, then let’s consider if it is structured towards your success.
Restructure. How did you craft your Resolution? Did you set yourself up for failure or was it structured with room for success? If you wanted to read more books, did you specify the number of books you’d like to read per month? Did you decide on the books (or types of books) you want to read? Did you set aside time in your schedule to read? If you didn’t tell yourself your book count, if you try to read books that don’t speak to you or if you didn’t adjust your schedule to work that time in, the ambiguity may play against you. Also, do you have systems in place that you need to achieve your Resolution? Setting systems in place can provide the path you need. Want to exercise more? Join a gym. Want to lose weight? Consult with your doctor about a healthy diet and eating habits. Want to read more? Start going to a book club. Above all, don’t forget your friends; asking others for accountability helps.
Remember. When you’re finding it hard to stay motivated, remember why you set the Resolution. If you’re trying to stop smoking or lose weight, what was the reasoning? Was it to improve your health… feel better… enter a race… spend more time with your family? Those are all good reasons. When keeping the resolution is difficult, you can be distracted by the details to accomplish it. You can miss the smoke breaks or the tasty snacks. If you can remember the “why,” then it can strengthen your commitment and help you resist the temptation to quit working towards your goal.
Resolve. If you haven’t been doing great up to this point, forgive yourself! We’re human and all doing the best we can. Just start believing now what you believed then: You deserve this. You deserve the positive results keeping the Resolution will bring. You deserve the pride you’ll have from accomplishing this goal.
- Put reminders in your phone to keep on schedule.
- Reward yourself when you accomplish smaller goals towards the larger Resolution.
- Write yourself notes to read in the future that help remind yourself of your desire to achieve this and refresh yourself about your “why.”
- Recommit yourself to the Resolution so when we enter 2020, you’re able to see the progress and positive changes you made in 2019, and you’re able to set brand new Resolutions for the year ahead.
Sure, a third of 2019 is almost behind us but there’s still time! You may be right on track with the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year, or it may be time for a reboot. Wherever you may be on your Resolutions, remember that it’s never too late to achieve what you envision for yourself.