Do you have a New Year’s resolution? It’s the perfect time to set a goal for yourself and go about making it happen. Many of us set resolutions related to healthy living, whether it’s eating better or exercising more — here are a few tips to help you achieve that goal.
Map Your Goals
Simply stating your New Year’s resolution often isn’t enough to hold yourself to it. It’s a good idea to write it down physically on a piece of paper, something that you’ll see regularly to remind yourself of your resolution. And try taking some time to map out your goal — where do you want to be after the first two weeks? The first month? Six months into the year? Mapping your goal out in this way gives you micro-goals to focus on as you make your way toward your ultimate achievement.
Have Someone Hold You Accountable
One of the big problems with sticking to our New Year’s resolutions is that the only person we’re letting down by giving up is ourselves. When you ask someone else to help hold you accountable to your goals, you’ll be letting someone else down if you fail. Often, that’s all the motivation we need! Talk about your healthy living resolution with a loved one or friend, and ask them to hold you accountable. You’ll be amazed at the difference once you start working toward your resolution.
Set Things Up Beforehand
If your New Year resolves to eat healthy lunches, just saying you’ll do it isn’t good enough. Try setting up some pre-made healthy lunches ahead of time and stashing them in the fridge. Then, you can grab one on your way to work. That will keep you on-track much better, and before you know it you’ll be achieving your resolution. And it’s all thanks to the preparation ahead of time!
Sticking to your New Year’s resolution isn’t as hard as you think. Plus, when you’re working toward a healthy lifestyle, you’ll feel good — that makes you want to keep working at it. Best of luck on your journey!