This is the time of year when you see many articles about New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve read a bunch and skimmed through many more. I’ve noticed that many seem to be very complicated. And, some too simple. Over the years, I’ve found that when things are too complicated, they are much harder to complete. And, the most common goals – eat healthier, get more exercise and save more money – are too simple. They are missing the “how” element, the plan.
The latest research reveals most New Year’s resolutions are broken by February. And, one study has pinpointed a specific date, January 12, when most resolutions fail. Wow!
Here are some simple tips with you to help you make and keep your New Year’s Resolutions in 2019.
1. If you’ve already set goals for yourself, build on those. Review and revise them to fit where you are now and where you want to head in 2019.
2. Consider the major areas of (your) life. But, you don’t have to have a goal for each area. This list simply gives you some areas to consider.
a. Physical Health
b. Mental Health
c. Relationships Health
d. Spiritual Health
f. Extra-Curricular (hobbies, charities, volunteerism)
3. Set realistic goals. Only you know how you operate and how you follow through with plans. Try not to overreach. Going big is tempting. But, ask yourself if you will really stick to your plan.
4. Set a realistic timeline and review it once a week. Once you’ve laid out simple goals for whichever areas you want to improve, work out a livable timeline.
For example, if you only work out with weights twice a week, and you want to get stronger, along with using heavier weights with shorter sets, maybe add a third weight work out per week. This is a very simple method to get stronger. I wouldn’t recommend jumping into a split routine for weight training five or six days per week. It is complicated and will require a lot of added work and time.
5. If it works for you, combine a couple of your goals.
For example, if you and your significant other do not work out together, try working out at the same time with each other. You don’t have to do the same exercises. This will not only help you with your fitness goals; it might help you with your relationship goals.
6. Write them down. Physically having your goals written down to look at regularly really works. When you don’t see something, you don’t think about it as often. Out of sight, out of mind. Put it where you’ll see it and take the time to look at it once a week. Pick a day and read through it. Sunday?
I hope these short tips help you move toward setting and keeping your resolutions.
Happy New Year!! May you work toward your goals with purpose!