The New Year is upon us, and with it comes a long list of resolutions, made especially important after a holiday season of shopping and partying. But whether your resolutions are of the retail variety (I’m going to “stop” buying LBDs), the wellness variety (paleo is always worth a try), or otherwise, the trick is to sticking with them past January 2nd. And that’s where we come in!
Though resolutions can be about anything and everything, many women choose to focus on new work out and health routines. We called on Steve Siebold, author of the international best-selling book 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class, to help us set a course for a successful 2015. He gave us his top tips for sticking to your work out resolution, but these can be applied to any goal for the year.
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1. Expect to feel pain at the start. Most people run into an obstacle and seek escape. Have a plan to push forward and through when this happens!
2. Don’t focus on how to do it, but rather, WHY you should do it. Why do you want this goal to become a reality? Making sure that those answers are clear and your drive is intense will help prepare you for the road ahead.
3. Get really clear about what you want to change. Don’t just say “I want to lose weight,” but get specific and say “By March 1 I want to lose 15 pounds.” Then make plans for how you’ll do that… For example, “I’m going to eat well, exercise each day and get really committed to doing this once and for all.”
4. Setting a distinct timeline or specific due date (see above) will also help avoid procrastination.
5. 77% of what we say to ourselves is negative, so don’t give into the negative thoughts. Instead , keep asking yourself, “How can I make this happen?”
6. One of the biggest problems is that most people have no means of accountability or a support system in place. Go after your goals with a partner who really makes you push yourself. Even better, find someone who has already achieved what you are setting out after and have them coach you through.
7. Feed your visions and starve your fears. The best way to do this is by creating a vision board. If you want to lose weight, cutout pictures of fit people and tape them on a poster board. Hang the vision board in a very visible location. This will reinforce the goals into your subconscious.
8. Avoid delusions and operate from objective reality. In other words, realize that making a change is going to be hard work, not a walk in the park.
9. Stop caring about what other people think of your goals. Psychologists call it “approval addiction” and once you overcome it to any significant degree, you can keep the focus on yourself and what you want to achieve, not how that appears to others.
10. Write a letter describing your life to a friend detailing the way you want things to be in five years. Some prefer one year, others like three years. It’s whatever motivates you the most. Read this letter every day and it will help keep you on track.