There’s just something about the date January 1st that gives us all a desire to change for the better. (Sifu) Roy Sorvari and I were just talking about how any of us (ourselves included) enthusiastically make our New Year Resolutions with grand hopes that we will stick to them and make these changes a reality.
Too soon many of us find that it is hard to keep these resolutions and we slip back into our old habits. Once we are back in the regular routine of work and crazy schedules, it’s easy to let those resolutions slide. We are fighting against the power of instant gratification.
But the idea of making resolutions that can improve our life is actually a good one that can lead to positive changes. The act of making a resolution is rewarded by the brain. Just imagining ourselves doing something positive releases the endorphin dopamine into the brain. Research shows people who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to change their behavior than those who never commit.
So, if you’re serious about focusing on those changes and improving your overall health and fitness as a result, here are some tips that can help keep you motivated.
#1 Consider your “Why.” Don’t make your resolution a chore. Achieving your goal should bring you joy. Try to phrase it in a positive statement and be as specific and detailed as needed.
#2 Make Attainable Goals. By making you’re goals more attainable, your resolutions will be easier to achieve and you will see meaningful progress. Break up bigger goals into smaller segments.
#3 Hold Yourself Accountable. Create a plan for attaining your goals and do it. Its like using a roadmap to get to a destination. If your resolution includes getting healthier, exercising more, or losing weight, schedule your workouts on your calendar well ahead of time. Experiment with a plan for a week and see what happens. Tweak it as necessary to keep your self moving forward toward your goal.
#4 Let Others Hold You Accountable. Find a coach. Join a group. You will get to know like minded people who are also working toward their goals. Join in the synergy.
#5 Don’t Beat Yourself Up. Let go of any sense of failure. Cut yourself some slack as needed. Just get back on track as soon as possible.
#6 Make The Goal A Part Of Your Life. There is a saying that it takes 21 days to create a new habit. This means that if you can make it through the first month your chances for success are better. After about 6 months your new regimen will be a part of your life.
#7 Recognize And Reward Each Success. Even small ones. This will cement your new habit in your brain. (If your resolutions was fitness or health related, reward yourself with a non-food item 🙂
We hope that these tips will help you be your healthiest and best self.
Roy and Lynn Sorvari