- Having a practical goal is one of the best ways to ensure success in achieving your resolution. Now that’s not to discourage you to set the bar higher, but let’s be honest with each other, when has it paid off for you in the past? If you’re like the majority of people who’ve set a unrealistic goal in the past, the answer to that question is more than likely never. Wether your goal is to improve your health, increase your freedom, or simply be more active you need to start with a practical goal in mind.
- Building off of being practical about your goals, you have to be specific as well. For example if your goal is to be more active and your current activity level is zero, then set a practical goal that you can achieve on a daily basis. That goal can range from walking to the corner store to grab your morning coffee or taking a 10 minute walk every day. The key here is just do something and be specific about what that something is!
- The first 90 days of your resolution is going to be the most important 90 days of the year. I cannot stress it enough how important it is to be as consistent as you can especially in the beginning of your journey. It might look like you’re about to climb a really tall mountain in the beginning however just like you were a kid and putting pennies in a piggy bank, those 10 minutes today and those little breaks add up over time. Before you know it, you’ll be looking back at where you started and you’ll be proud and even more motivated to keep going.
- It may sound simple but being proactive is no easy task especially on the days where you just feel like you’re getting nowhere. It is especially important on those days that you just get up and do something. even if it is a 10th of what your typical good day looks like, doing something is always better than doing nothing. With that said, the question is how do you be proactive with all the other things going on in your life? My strategy is simple. Usually there is nothing that can stop me from getting up in the morning and going to grab a coffee. So I use that existing behavior and incorporate it my new goal by walking to the store instead of driving down the road to get a quick cup. This also plays into your psychology as well by giving yourself a little reward every time you do something. We have all heard of Pavlov’s dog and although we are more sophisticated creatures than dogs, we still have that animal brain deep within our cortex that can be manipulated with a simple reward.
- Being accountable doesn’t mean that you need to put yourself down not getting that workout in or skipping a day. In fact it means the opposite, because being negative only set you back even further. Accountability guide you over the hall on the term by keeping track of your activity. Our phones and watches tend to do those things for us our days however there is still something to be said for taking out a pen and marking a star on the date of a physical calendar to reinforce the habit of getting out there and doing something every day. The circles back to you connecting the dots quite literally after you’ve accomplished three months worth of routine.
Bonus: Take Our 90 Day Challenge
If you find yourself struggling on how to get yourself started in this coming new year, we invite you to take our 90 day New Year’s resolution challenge! Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we will focus on one specific and realistic activity during which you will learn to implement healthy habits into your life. Monday’s are for meditation, Wednesday’s are for Unwinding, and Friday’s are for flexing. Each class will be about 10 min during which you will release stress, develop healthy habits, and build a better you.
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