I know, I know. I’m thoroughly behind in the New Year, New resolutions stage. But the flu decided to pay me a visit and keep me company for the first week of January. But, since I’m adopting a no nonsense, positive outlook to life from this year, I am going to embrace the setback instead of letting it bring me down.
For the past three years, I have been starting my new Years with a 30 day Yoga challenge. The first time I did it, I gave up after a week, but last year I couldn’t ignore the impact it had on my life, and not just on my physical well being, but also on my mental one. And of course, just like anyone else being healthy or fit is on my list of resolutions as well. But have you ever struggled with keeping your goals or resolutions for the year? Specifically the ones related to health? Frankly I wouldn’t even be writing this if I wasn’t darn sure already that it’s doable and achievable. Here are some of the ways you can make sure you stick to yours.
1. Set Clear, Focused Goals
Don’t be ambiguous in your goal setting. Be specific and clear about what you are setting out to achieve. For example, Don’t just set your goal as being healthy, instead pick one thing to focus on, like being more hydrated or cutting out processed foods or limiting eating out. That way you make your goal more attainable and you’re far less likely to give up on them.
2. Don’t be too hard on Yourself
Somehow today, being fit is associated with having that perfect body for both men and women. The truth of the matter however is, fitness means DIFFERENT things to different people. Personally for me for the longest time I felt fitness meant being my Ideal Body weight, but facing certain experiences and reality checks I know being fit for me so much more! Today I’m still not my Ideal body weight but I’m the fittest I’ve ever been! So explore your bodies, learn what you need to work on and set goals accordingly. A dietitian or a physical fitness expert may be able to help you do that.
3. Celebrate Small Victories
If you set a goal and follow it for 20 days out of 30, celebrate it. It takes a lot of effort and courage to be able to change any aspect however small of one’s daily life. Celebrating what one’s body can achieve is the one way anyone can improve self esteem.
4. Don’t be Afraid to Start Over
Rome wasn’t built in a day. If you stumble and fall, or even give up momentarily. It’s all fine. Brush off the dust and start over for as many times as it takes for you to reach where you’ve wanted to be. Enjoy your journey so you can appreciate your goal.
You don’t need the labels of a New year to set your resolutions, You just need to decide. Pick a day, your most smashing outfit and you can create magic right where you are.
May we all have a fulfilling year! Good Luck! 🙂