The beginning of a new year is a great time to set new goals and resolutions. However, as time goes on, it can be challenging to stay motivated and committed to achieving these goals. Let this blog post serve as a time to check in with yourself, modify your New Year’s resolutions if necessary and stay on track to achieve them!
The following 5 points will help you stay (or get back) on track:
- Set Realistic Goals. One of the main reasons people give up on their New Year’s resolutions is that they set unrealistic goals. It is essential to set goals that are achievable and within your control. For instance, if you’re trying to lose weight, setting a goal of losing 10 kg in a month is unrealistic. Instead, aim for a more realistic goal, such as losing 0.5 – 1kg per week.
- Write Down Your Goals. Writing down your goals is an effective way to keep yourself accountable and motivated. When you write down your goals, you’re making a commitment to yourself. Place your goals somewhere visible, such as on your refrigerator or in your planner. This way, you’ll be reminded of your goals on a daily basis.
- Break Goals into Smaller Tasks. Breaking your goals into smaller, more manageable tasks can make them less overwhelming. For example, if your goal is to run a marathon, break it down into smaller tasks like running a mile each day or signing up for a 5k race. This approach can help you see progress along the way, which can be very motivating. This goes for changing dietary patterns as well. I often have clients wanting to change everything about their diet all at once. This is ok when you’re feeling motivated, but as soon as you get busy or stressed, it can be an overwhelming list of changes to stick to. Instead, focus on a dietary change that can give you the most bang for your buck. For example, if you have an ice-cream or a glass of wine after dinner every night, aim for 2 wine or ice-cream free nights a week. Once this is a habit, you can reduce it further.
- Celebrate Small Wins. Every time you accomplish a small goal or task, take the time to celebrate it. Celebrating your small wins can help you stay motivated and give you the confidence to tackle more significant challenges. Treat yourself to something you enjoy, like a new book, some nice bath bombs, or some cute activewear.
- Find an Accountability Partner. Having someone to hold you accountable can be a powerful motivator. Find a friend or family member who can support you in achieving your goals. You can also join an online or in-person support group.
In conclusion, staying motivated with your new year resolutions requires setting realistic goals, breaking them down into smaller tasks, celebrating your small wins, finding an accountability partner and writing down your goals. Remember that achieving your goals takes time and effort, and it’s okay to stumble along the way.
Stay focused and motivated and you’ll reach your goals in no time!
Accredited Practicing Dietitian