Sticking with Your Resolution: Part 2 (Pick Up and Keep Moving)
Welcome back to Sticking With Your Resolution: Part 2!
In Part 1 we talked a lot about when we all start to drop off our resolutions and a bit about why we quit. Today, I am going to expand on the ‘Why’ because for me, when I know why something is happening, it makes finding a solution a LOT easier.
I also wanted to start this Blog by saying, if you have already come up short on your resolution goals, that’s OKAY. You can always start again. Don’t look at it as a failure. You tried something and now you just need to make some adjustments. Remember, it’s all about taking steps to become the best you. Sometimes you gotta take a step back or a step to the side in order to keep moving forward and reach the finish line.
Okay, with that said, let’s dive in. As we move along through February, you might be starting to hit a wall with your resolution. That is totally normal and actually really exciting. Now is your chance to solidify positive changes! From here on out, the “training” you did since January 1st is going to start to show.
Again, it’s okay if you fell off on your resolution. You don’t need to wait a whole year to start again. You can start back up any time and there is no shame in that. In fact, you are stronger for starting again. Here are some things that you can do to help you stay accountable and keep up with your resolution:
- Have a partner
Having a resolution buddy will absolutely make you more accountable to stick with your resolution. It is much easier for me to hit a good workout when I have a workout buddy (or three). I feel more motivated and I have way more fun. If you haven’t already and feel like having a buddy would really help you, talk to your friends or family. Ask around at work. It might even be a great way to start a new friendship or strengthen one.
- Keep track of your progress
I cannot say this enough. Keep track of your progress! If your resolution is performance-based, i.e. working up to running a goal distance, losing weight, etc., you NEED to keep track of your progress. Relying on what you see or feel every day is not enough and is a sure way to lead to quitting. If you need to time yourself or weigh yourself, etc., you should make a graph or keep a spreadsheet if you have to. Anything to help you quantify your progress so that you can visualize the areas where you are doing better. If your resolution is more abstract, like ‘being more positive’, then keep a journal. Reflect on your day and write down how you were more positive. What did you do or feel? At the end of the week, look back on what you wrote and reflect on it. That will help set you up for the week ahead.
- Set reminders
Set reminders! People, we are all so busy, we need reminders to help us stay on track. I know I do. When you sit to write down a list, it helps that list solidify in your memory. Plus, setting reminders is so easy these days. We have a reminder tool that is either in our pocket or purse at all times! Yes, I am talking about your phone. If you don’t already have a reminder function or app, download one. If hand-writing a list works better for you, then do that. Set Post-Its around your home, whatever you need to do. Be creative! If you are prone to forgetting to check your list, set a reminder to alert you. It’s as easy as that. Put the reminder on your calendar and have it repeat each day, week, or month depending on your resolution. Have something that you can check off creates a sense of accomplishment and a hormonal release that makes you feel good, Dopamine. This rush of Dopamine will not only make you feel happy, but it will also make you want to repeat that activity.
So, People, remember these keys to keeping up with your New Year’s resolutions: make time, stay organized, set reminders, track your progress, find a partner (if you need to), and don’t bite off more than you can chew. If you fell out of your resolution, it’s better to pick it back up now then wait ‘til another January 2st. And always remember why you chose your resolution: to move you towards becoming the best version of yourself. You can do this!