Valentine’s Day should be renamed “The Day Your Resolutions Die.” Whatever you vowed you’d do bigger, better, and more successfully for the New Year, chances are that resolution has fallen by the wayside by February 14, especially if the holiday means candy, wine, and fancy meals to you. Here’s some inspiration to recharge your determination, from Lisa Burbage, who will be teaching our workshop at Women At Woodstock 2016: Staying the Course – Going Beyond “Trying” and Actually “Being.”
by Lisa Burbage – Guest Blogger
The New Year is all about change, about reflecting on achievements of the past and setting goals for an even better future. How many resolutions have you made for 2016? How many are you still sticking with? How many have become forgotten?
How many involved losing weight and getting fit? How many times did you go to the dessert table instead of the gym as you had resolved. If so, you aren’t the only one. A recent article in Forbes magazine estimates — optimistically — that 24 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions fail to follow through.
So, why are resolutions hard to stick to?
The most common obstacle that individuals run into is trying to change all of their unhealthy habits at one time rather than focusing on fixing one at a time. Another obstacle arises when you do not have a support system in place that encourages you to follow through.
Here are a few tips to help you stick to this year’s resolutions.
- Start with something small. If you want to eat healthy, try replacing dessert with a healthy alternative. If you want to exercise, schedule three days out of your schedule to do some type of physical activity.
- Change one behavior at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to change unhealthy behaviors all at once. Focus on one unhealthy habit individually until you feel it is time to move onto another.
- Don’t be hard on yourself. You cannot change every behavior at one time and expect to be successful. Don’t give up just because you skipped the gym or you ate a cookie at the office party. Face each challenge one by one and give it your best.
- Ask friends and family members to join you. Fitness and weight loss goals are better attainable with the support of others.
- Hire a qualified health and wellness coach, whose job is to help you understand what you need, design an appropriate program and make sure you stick with it.
As you reflect on last year’s behaviors and formulate your resolutions, be sure to keep these tips in mind. It’s hard to change those old habits that have become a part of your daily routine. Temptations abound. The New Year represents a New Start, and the possibilities of success are endless. So make this year’s resolution a solution instead of an empty promise.