Each year at this time many of us sit down to make a list of resolutions for the new year. And then that list gets filed somewhere, not to be re-visited, and we go about our lives throughout the year mostly status quo. By February the gym returns to its normal flow of truly committed fitness mavens vs those who are merely well intentioned. The thing is, resolutions require new habits to be adopted; taken on with commitment and consistency. And that takes a little rigor and grit, especially during the first 30 days — after which science shows the new habit has taken hold. So this year, what can you do to ensure that by the end of the year your intentions are in alignment with your results?
Here are a few things to consider:
- Don’t take on so much — focus on just three things in your life that you’d like to shift this year.
- Be willing to commit to a new habit —not for just the first few weeks or a month, but for the long-term.
- Consistency and repetition are key — take the actions & do the thing(s) that will make a difference.
- Get support if you need it — what resources could help you in achieving your goals (if need be)?
- Review your goals and priorities on a regular basis — at least once a month & course-correct as needed.
If you take these steps to heart and follow them, you may find you’ve made meaningful progress in at least three areas that you said meant the most to you to shift this year. Get real — make them happen!