Most of us think that New Years’ Day is the best time to set a resolution, something we’ll finally stick to, a goal we’re committed to achieving… The reality is that a lot of us start out by taking on way too much, and a whopping 92% of us wont reach those resolution goals. So, how do you set goals that are easy to reach?
The key to keeping up a new habit is to make it easy to stick to. If you set out to survive on lettuce and water, reach 10,000 steps per day, and work out 5 times per week, it’ll completely overwhelm you. It’s just too much to change in one go. Start out with a small change to your routine, like drinking 2 litres of water per day, or walking 5000 steps per day. Setting one of those goals, and keeping it up each day, is achievable.
Most people were surprised to find out that, although I was regularly going to a gym and eating healthily, I was still a smoker up until the middle of 2016. Why had I not quit smoking before that point on my journey? I knew that if I had focused more on the way I eat, started exercising regularly (I had been doing no exercise before that!) AND quit smoking all in one go, I’d have given up all of those things in no time. Instead, I made one change at a time, made it a habit, and a way of life for me, and then moved on to the next change.
Not all of us want to broadcast our biggest hopes and dreams to our social circle. If you’re not keen on the idea of letting your friends on Facebook know that you’re trying to change your health and fitness, create a vision board for yourself instead. A vision board is a collection of images, items, and things, which serve to remind you of a goal you’re working to achieve.
Create a vision board showing how you’d like to look, what you’d like to eat, and anything else you want to achieve on your health and fitness journey, put it up on the wall somewhere you’ll see it daily, and hold yourself accountable to achieve those goals.
Find a Support System
With the greatest of intentions, it’s easy to fall into self-doubt if you don’t have the support system you need. Surround yourself with people who love to build you up, not tear you down, and don’t be afraid to reach out to them when you need them. We all have our moments of weakness, and you’ll find your journey so much easier when you have a few helping hands along the way.
Need some support?
If you’d like to ask me a question about health and fitness, or tell me about your journey, just send me a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.