The holidays are now behind us. For many people, it’s time to get back into a healthy routine. That may be getting more sleep, drinking water instead of soda or coffee, exercising or shedding those holiday pounds. Whatever it may be, follow these tips to help you achieve your goal.
Be Realistic About Your Goal
Is your goal achievable? Why do you want to achieve it? If you can’t answer these two questions, you may find it difficult to stick to your goal. When you are setting goals, be intentional. Pick something that is good for you and your overall health that is also in reach. Take running, for example. If you are not a runner, do not make your first goal running a marathon. Start with a 5K. Once you achieve that goal, you can train to run a 10K, then a half-marathon. Only then should you set your sights on a full marathon.
Write it Down
Visualizing yourself completing your goal is incredibly important and writing it down can help hold you accountable for completing it. Write your goal down and put it in a place where you will see it every day. A couple great spots are on the bathroom mirror or kitchen refrigerator. These are two highly traffic spots where you will be every day. I especially love the bathroom mirror because, when you wake up in the morning and make excuses to not hop on your new elliptical or prep your lunch for the day, you’ll see the note. Hopefully it will push you to achieve your goal.
Keep Your Equipment in Shape
If you got a new treadmill, elliptical, etc. for working out at home, make sure it stays in working order. Getting a warranty from Upsie
is really affordable and you won’t have to pay a dime when your new machine malfunctions or breaks. All you have to do is call the Upsie claims line and they will send a repair technician out to your house. That way, your workouts and progress will never suffer.
Similarly, if you got a new smartwatch
to count your steps, track your sleep or monitor your overall health, you can protect that with Upsie. Upsie can also protect juicers
, for those homemade cleanses, and blenders
, for those green smoothies. Getting Upsie
now is a great preventative way to protect the tools you use to reach your goals.
Pair Up with Someone
On the days when you just want to cheat or skip that morning workout, your friend will be there to keep you moving. And visa versa. Get into a routine with your buddy to hold each other accountable. Perhaps that means sending a daily text, meal prepping together on the weekends or meeting each other at the gym four days per week. Whatever your goal is, there is someone else who will share the same goal with you.
Set Yourself Up for Success
Get rid of the bad things in your home or at work to help you make better decisions. For example, if your goal is to eat healthy, get rid of the unhealthy junk food. You can donate all your unopened nonperishables and toss the opened ones. Leave one of your favorite snacks for a cheat day, if you’re doing that. Alternately, if your goal is to meditate for thirty minutes per day, block off that time on your calendar so nothing can get in your way. Taking steps to prepare will certainly help you achieve your goal.
Celebrate Small Victories
It’s easy to get discouraged if you’re constantly pushing yourself and never rewarding yourself. So, celebrate the small things! Maybe you finally did your first independent pull up or went one whole week without drinking a soda. Celebrate by going out for a movie, going out to your favorite restaurant, etc. Just make sure that your celebrations are not ruining your progressions. For example, do not reward that week without soda by drinking one!
According to the University of Scranton, 92% of people do not achieve their goals
. Hopefully these tips will help you be in the 8% of people who do achieve their goals and resolutions. Best of luck and Happy New Year!
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