Lasting Resolutions for 2017
New Year’s Resolutions can be a heavy, loaded, stressful topic. If they work for you, AWESOME, but if you’re in the majority you probably stick to your resolution for a week, or maybe even a month… then it fizzles away.
Let's first recognize how setting intense restrictions or extreme goals can be counterproductive. Maybe your resolution is to workout every day. This is a great routine to aspire to eventually, but here are a few reasons why that might be problematic.
Going from 0-60 is unsustainable
A big jump will require A LOT of change. Abrupt change is difficult, no matter who you are. Both your mind and body need time to adjust. Allowing yourself to ease in to new routines is more practical for building lasting resolutions.
Negative motivation can be damaging
Most people are less likely to do something if they feel they don't have a choice. Instead, internally celebrate each time you take a step in the right direction. You're not "bad" when you have a bad day. You're much more likely to give up early if you think you have to be "perfect" every day.
rigid plans don't leave time bed days
If you have a chronic illness there are going to be days where you just can’t. It sucks to have to think about it like this, but beating yourself up about missing a workout isn't something you need to add to a bed day.
It's going to stress you out
Stress sends you into fight or flight mode. Your body will react by storing food for energy. This is so counterproductive! You’re stressed out about working out or eating better or taking 498723497283 supplements to feel better in your body, but you’re doing other damage as a result of all the stress. I could go on about this for hours, but let's leave that for another day.
There are so many factors that go into goal setting. By choosing an unrealistic target we are setting ourselves up for failure. Instead, try this. Let’s go back to the exercise example. Rather than committing to a workout every single day, decide to exercise three days a week for two months. After those two months you can revaluate and set a new mini-goal. This leaves room to be proud of yourself along the way, and you'll be much more likely to integrate this new habit into your life.
how to figure our your goals for 2017...
ask yourself the following:
Is the goal specific?
Do I feel motivated or stressed out about implementing change?
Is the goal attainable and action-oriented? Do you have daily steps you can take to make the transition easier?
Is the goal realistic? Will this resolution be something that will fit into your daily life?
Will you be able to track your progress or success (without hyper focusing)?