We all promise to make them every year. We use the weeks approaching the new year to think of a resolution that is not only different from years past, but one that we will actually commit to and make happen. It’s not always as easy as we hope, and it leads us into frustration, so much that we don’t make one afterall. Here are some guidelines to use when making your new year’s resolutions so that by this time next year, you’ll have surpassed the previous year’s goal.
1. Make realistic goals. As a Portland Oregon personal trainer, we know that people struggle with making goals they can stick with. If you absolutely despise running, but hope to run a marathon in the next year, chances are it’s probably not going to happen.
2. Remind yourself how it will make you feel. Think more about your feelings, than what your goal will look like. Lets say your goal is to lose 15 pounds. Think of how losing that weight will make you feel. Maybe it will give you more confidence, more energy, make you more happy, etc. If you’re emotion driven, you’re more likely to stick to, and maintain your success.
3. Do it for yourself. If your significant other really wants you to quit smoking, but you’re still having a hard time coping with the idea, pick a new goal. Your resolution has to come from within, and be something you are fully committed to doing.
4. Share your goals with your support group. This may include your friends, family, significant other, or all the above. If you voice your goals with others and it a known thing, you have encouragement to push you along in those times of doubt and desire to quit.
Pick goals that mean something to you, that will make you feel good when accomplished, and that can be done in a reasonable amount of time.