The New Year is around the corner and it’s time to craft your resolutions (again!) As this year comes to an end, you may be feeling one of two ways: Excited for your chance to start anew and set your sights on your next achievements or discouraged that you didn’t accomplish all that you hoped to in 2018. If it’s the latter that you’re experiencing, know that you aren’t alone. According to various studies, between 80% and 90% of people fail to keep up with their resolutions or achieve their New Year goals.
If setting a resolution is something that so many practice at the start of the New Year, why do more not succeed in accomplishing what they set out to? The answer may be simple: They’ve given themselves no foundation for success.
Whether your goal is to make more money, be more active, work less, or travel more- try these few simple steps to give yourself the best shot at making them it a reality in 2019.
Reflect on your 2018 resolutions
Even if your resolution for 2018 didn’t come to fruition that certainly doesn’t mean you didn’t have your wins this year! Celebrate yourself for the things you did accomplish. Make a list (with pen and paper- not in your head) of each success, congratulate yourself even on the little things, and acknowledge those that helped you achieve each item. By reflecting, you realize that you’ve achieved much more than you originally thought and that you have people around who will continue to help you achieve in the coming year. This mindset is so important when creating attainable goals!
Write down your goals for 2019 and get specific
Do you remember your goals for 2018? If you didn’t write them down, there’s a good chance you don’t. One of the best ways to help yourself realize your goals and resolutions is to put them down on paper and make them as specific as possible. Trying to lose weight? Your best bet will be to determine how much weight you want to lose, why you want to lose it, and how you’ll achieve your goal.
Want to make this practice even more powerful? Write your goals as if you’ve already achieved them: In 2019 I lost 20 pounds by hiring a personal trainer, ordering prepared meal delivery from Catered Fit and counting my caloric intake, and walking 4 miles every day. I feel great about my body and content with my progress.
Schedule the time to achieve
Your goals aren’t going to manifest themselves over night, so plan ahead to put in the work! If your goal is to read more, then work toward creating the habit of reading during your work breaks, as soon as you get home from work, or before you go to bed. Habits take time to create so stay consistent- you’ll see results in no time!
Once you’ve created the habit, don’t sacrifice it. It’s easy to put it aside for something that might seem more important, but you’ve spent time crafting this goal and the habit that will help you achieve it, don’t let it get brushed aside.
Reconnect with yourself and your goals
Now that you’ve written your goals down, don’t just fold up the piece of paper and never return to it. Instead, hang it up! Look at it every day. Remember why you’re working toward that goal. Track your progress. Be gentle with yourself if you slip up but push yourself to keep going.
Tell us what your New Year resolution is! Write it down and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can cheer you on. The Catered Fit fam is here to help you be the best version of yourself.