And that’s why so many people use this opportunity to try to shift their lives in healthier, happier, and all-together better directions.
Unfortunately, as we all know, most new year’s resolutions are given up on and forgotten by spring.
But there are some resolutions that do manage to stick.
There have to be, right?
Otherwise we’re all playing a really sad game, making promises to ourselves that we can’t keep.
So I started to think about what makes a resolution work, and after some research I found 3 things that all successful New Year’s resolutions have in common.
If you want to make 2018 a year to remember, here’s what you’ve got to do:
1. See New Year’s Day as the first step in a longer journey.
If you want to be successful, don’t set out to accomplish a huge goal right away.
Instead, a successful New Year’s resolution is just one small step toward a bigger intention.
So, for example, if you want to lose weight, don’t set out to go to the gym 5x/week and cut out all sugar until you’ve lost 50 lbs.
If you’re like 92% of people, you will start out with the best intentions and then you’ll lose motivation really fast when you try to do too much all at once.
Setting the bigger intention of losing weight, and then making a small and manageable commitment to eat vegetables at every meal is a much more realistic goal.
You can still strive for big things.
But break your goals down into smaller steps so you actually get there.
2. Don’t expect to be on track 100% of the time.
Set-backs are part of life.
People who manage to keep their New Year’s resolutions know this and allow themselves some wiggle room.
When you hit a bump in the road, don’t give up.
Shake yourself off, get back up and keep going, full-steam ahead.
Because it’s okay to be human.
But it’s not okay to break the promises you make to yourself.
3. Reward yourself.
Of course, the satisfaction of achievement should be reward enough.
But why not add a little more honey to the pot?
Knowing that you have a reward to look forward to once you hit a specific milestone makes everything more exciting.
Give yourself a relevant reward that will motivate you to keep going.
So, using the example from above, if you manage to eat vegetables at every meal you might buy yourself that pressure cooker you’ve been swooning over after 2 weeks.
Or if you set out to meditate for 10 minutes a day, maybe you’ll sign up for a weekend retreat somewhere peaceful after a month.
Whatever it is, set the reward ahead of time and set a specific date for when you’ll give it to yourself.
And keep in mind, it’s better to reward yourself for behavior achievements than external measurements.
So if your greater intention is to lose weight and be healthier, reward yourself for the healthier behaviors, not the number on the scale.
And if losing weight and being healthier happens to be your New Year’s resolution this year, you might want to think about signing up for Love My Body, Love My Life.
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It’ll show you, step-by-step, how to customize your diet and lifestyle so you feel healthier, more confident in your body, and empowered to go after what you want in life.
I’m so proud of this program.
Because these are the exact strategies I’ve used myself and with many of my patients to stop binge eating and obsessing over food…and actually enjoy a brownie every once in a while without feeling like you’re gonna gain an extra 5 pounds instantaneously.
And whatever your resolution is, I hope that these 3 tips help you find more joy and success in the new year!
Love, Hugs, and Sparklers,