Why Setting A New Year’s Resolution Often Just Mean’s A To-Do List For January

With the New Year quickly approaching, many of you may have started to set some New Year’s Resolutions that you’re trying to follow and keep.  The problem is, you know how these Resolutions often end up. Here and gone.

In fact, I don’t even like using the term “Resolution”, and here’s why – it’s such an over sensationalized term that is more used as a marketing strategy, than an actual commitment to ones self to make the planned change.

You start off strong during the first couple of weeks in January, but by the time Valentine’s day rolls around, you hardly remember what that resolution was.

Ring a bell?  If so, let’s assess why this is happening and what you can do about it so that next time around, things are different.

Here’s a few thoughts to consider:

Set Your Sights Long-Term

The very first problem that causes some people to abandon their Resolutions prematurely is the fact that they haven’t considered the long-term.  They set their Resolutions based on a short term outcome vs an actual change in their long term behavior.

This is such a critical part in establishing your long term health goal.  A few years back, I read Chalene Johnson’s book, PUSH, which breaks down step-by-step, how to establish that LONG TERM goal, and further, how to specifically reach it, through smaller goals and steps. I didn’t read it to establish a New Year’s Resolution, but more of a Resolution on how to be a better Coach & Business Owner, based on my personal goals.  I found it applicable to any circumstance. It’s such a great easy ready and almost paint-by-numbers, on how to set and reach your long term goals. Love her.

Sadly, many believe that if they get to the start of their Resolution, they’ll see results in a few week’s time.  Then when those weeks pass and they realize that results aren’t coming as easily, they give up and throw in the towel. That’s YOU, isn’t it?  BUSTED!!!

You need to stay realistic in your Resolutions.  Remember that you didn’t gain all your weight overnight and you aren’t going to lose it overnight either. Sorry to be the Debbie Downer of this reality.

Unless you set your Resolution with a long-term frame in mind – at least 3-4 months in most cases, you’re already setting yourself up to fail. This is truly the only way a Resolution can be met.  Actually changing an action or behavior for the long-term vs the short term for quick fix.

When you start dreaming up your Resolution to set, start thinking about it taking effect in a few months. By visualizing it occurring at this point, you’ll be keeping things realistic.

Develop A Game Plan

Second, also make sure that you develop a good game plan.  Again, I’ll reference Chalene, as I love how she guides you that in order to set that ultimate goal, you have to establish a strategy on how you can reach that goal, as it won’t happen over night.  Baby steps right?  Don’t set out on your Resolution with no direction or you’ll be wandering around in the dark before not too long.

This is why my Back-2-Basics Groups and One-on-One Coaching have been so wildly successful!  Each member or client is given small measureable goals, with a game plan and strategy to reach their ultimate goal.  Develop a game plan and stick to it. Map out what you’ll be doing each week to help keep yourself focused on the end goal and accountable. .

If you don’t do this, then your Resolution does just become an item on your to-do list because after those first few workouts you have planned are completed, you move on to other things.

What is a Resolution?

Finally, the last thing that you must do if you want this year to be the year that your Resolutions finally stick is to identify what a Resolution is.  Most people simply get caught up in the New Year’s element of the resolution. They feel empowered that just because it’s a New Year, change is more possible. It’s like the same idea as “I’ll start my new diet on Monday!”. That’s you, isn’t it??!

The truth of the matter is that unless you have some degree of inner motivation beyond the fact that it’s January 1st, you aren’t going to be sticking with that Resolution any better than you would stick to the idea that you’ll start your diet next Monday.

Remember, January 1st is just another day of the year. It doesn’t have any special powers that make it easier to stick to your goal than any other day, so don’t let yourself get caught up in the hype. Instead, focus on getting caught up in techniques you can use to maintain your motivation.  And find a measure of accountability!

I hope you found these tips to setting yourself up for success for YOUR Resolution.  It’s never too late, but why not start NOW?   Set your goals properly with the right frame of mind and you will be making some positive changes in the year ahead.

Remember, be sure to check out my One-on-One Coaching services or my Back-2-Basics Groups. I can help you establish a plan and stick to it. ‘Cuz you shouldn’t have to suffer alone! Power in numbers, friend!

Your partner in health & fitness.

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