1. Be Realistic
The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable. For instance, resolving to NEVER eat your favourite food again is setting you up to fail. Instead, strive for a goal that is attainable, such as avoiding it more often than you do now.
2. Outline Your Plan
3. Make a “Pros” and “Cons” List
It may help to see a list of items on paper to keep your motivation strong. Develop this list over time, and ask others to contribute to it. Keep your checklist with you and refer to it when you need help keeping your resolve.
4. Limit your list to a number you can handle.
It's probably best to make two or three resolutions that you intend to keep. That way, you're focusing your efforts on the goals you truly want.
5. Reward Yourself
This doesn’t mean that you can eat an entire box of chocolates if your resolution is to eat a better diet. Instead, celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that doesn’t contradict your resolution. If you have been sticking to your promise to eat better, for example, reward yourself with new fitness clothing or by going to a movie with a friend.
6. Track Your Progress
Keep track of each small success. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and each small accomplishment will help keep you motivated. Instead of focusing on losing forty pounds, focus on losing the first five. Keep a food journal to help you stay on track, and reward yourself for each five pounds lost.
7. Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Perfection is unattainable. Remember that minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal and OK. Don’t give up completely because you ate Ice-Cream and broke your diet, or skipped the gym for a week because you were busy. Everyone has ups and downs; resolve to recover from your mistakes and get back on track.
8. Talk about it
Share your experiences with family and friends. Consider joining a support group to reach your goals, such as a workout class at your gym. Having someone to share your struggles and successes with makes your journey to a healthier lifestyle that much easier and less intimidating.
9. Stick to It
Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. It won’t happen overnight, so be persistent and patient!
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