Resolution Success

Sharon Rekieta, Fitness Director - 31st January 2014

You’re one month into the New Year and feeling confident about achieving resolution success because of the following:

  • The resolution you chose means something personal and you want to achieve your goal because when you do, your life will be impacted in many positive ways.
  • You thought about the problems you are likely to encounter that will interfere with keeping your resolution and the barriers that might prevent you from reaching your goal.  You also thought about ways to overcome those problems and barriers so even if you face difficulties or have a minor setback, you will not be thrown permanently off track.

All you have to do now is follow through on your good intentions.  No sweat, right?
Not exactly; there will be effort involved; however, if you keep the following hints in mind, your journey will be a lot easier.

  • Write your goal in your day planner, post it on your bulletin board, and place reminders at your desk, in your car and around the house.  Written words are much more powerful than thoughts or ideas and seeing your goal in print throughout the day will be a strong reminder of your pursuit.
  • Talk about your resolution to family and friends.  If they understand its importance, they are more likely to provide support and motivation if you feel discouraged.
  • If possible, team up with a buddy with the same or similar resolution.  If that’s not possible, socialize with like-minded friends.  For example, if your resolution is to exercise more, workout at a gym, register for a dance class or join a walking club.
  • Realize that there will be bumps in the road so you won’t quit when difficulties arise.
  • Do not demand perfection from yourself or allow a minor slip-up to cause you to abandon your plan.
  • Understand that those who are successful have stopped and restarted many times along the way.  The key word: restarted. 
  • Track your progress and celebrate baby steps and small victories with some form of reward system.
  • How do you spell success when making a behavior change?
  • C-O-N-S-I-S-T-E-N-C-Y.
  • If you’re not proceeding exactly accordingly to plan, congratulate yourself for proceeding forward in a positive direction.
  • Making a positive behavior change can be very satisfying and rewarding in more ways than just achieving a goal.  Keep in mind your initial reasons for wanting to make a change and also how your life will be better once the change occurs.
  • And remind yourself frequently that you can do this—and eventually you will!