As the new year approaches now is a great time to start thinking about making changes in your life. Traditionally we call these changes New Years Resolutions, however, I believe that there is no better time to make positive changes in your life than TODAY. So let’s call them NOW resolutions! Why wait for New Years eve to come and go before implementing changes when you could start making improvements in your health, fitness, diet, relationships, job etc., NOW!
We all know that the hardest part of making New Years resolutions is actually sticking to them, but why? The main reason it seems much easier to fail than succeed is because we try to make huge overnight changes in ourselves without using any strategies to help support us on our journey. We also expect positive results right away and when they don’t happen, or we hit a small bump in the road, we give up.
Use these 3 key tips to help you successfully make the changes you want to make in your life, and to help keep you motivated even when the going gets tough.
1. Be accountable
Challenge a friend or partner to make the change with you, then you’ll both be committed and responsible to one another to stick to the plan. You can check in on each others progress and motive each other to meet your mutual goal. Going through a journey together is always much easier than slogging it out alone.
Join a group of people that meets on a regular basis like a running group, quitting smoking group, healthy food potlucks etc. The group will be a strong source of motivation and inspiration to keep you going. It’s also harder to back out and give up as they are expecting you to show up next time, and you get a sense of not wanting to let them down.
Announce your goal to friends, family, or to a wider audience through other channels such as a blog, Youtube videos, Stickk.com
etc. This is the best way to be accountable for achieving what you have set out to do. People will be curious of your progress and ask you how it’s going. It’s also really great motivation to talk about your goals on a regular basis and describe any issues or struggles that you may be going through. The community around you can offer words of insight and inspiration to help you work through it and keep going.
2. Surround yourself with the right people
Choose to be around people that have made the changes you want to make and are where you want to be. It is said that you become more like the people that you spend the most time around, so choose wisely. If you want to be healthier, spend time with healthy people. If you want to quit smoking then try to avoid hanging out with smokers.
We can’t always push everyone out of our lives because they can’t help us reach our goal, but remember, we’re all on our own journey in life, and if you need to take a break from certain people to do what you need to do to be happy then so be it. You won’t regret it in the long run, and you may even inspire them to make changes as well!
3. Set rewards and remind yourself as often as possible
We humans are very reward driven, so if there’s something you’ve been wanting to treat yourself to then allow yourself to have it after meeting your goal or a smaller milestone along the way. Think healthy rewards like going to see that movie you wanted to see, that new pair of running shoes, or splurging on some expensive health food that you wouldn’t normally buy (for me it’s exotic fruit).
A helpful strategy is to leave little reminder notes in places you will see them. Choose strategic places that you will see several times per day like your front door, your refrigerator, your cell phone screen saver or the mirror in your bathroom. Every time you see your goal or reward it will serve to motivate you even more.
Here’s to making positive changes in our lives and sticking to our goals!
Everyone at Wild Body Wellness wishes you a happy new year and good luck in achieving your New Years Resolutions and your NOW resolutions! It’s never too late to make big changes. Once you truly decide to change and take action, the universe will guide you in the right direction and help you succeed. You never know what is waiting for you in life until you start your journey.
If you have any questions or are interested in one-on-one mentoring with me to help you meet your health and wellness goals, please contact me HERE.