10 Ways to Keep Your New Years Resolutions
What are your goals for next year? Here’s how you can achieve -- and maintain -- your resolutions for the New Year.
BY: Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo
What are your obstacles and how can you overcome them?
Obstacles may include any benefits that you get form doing this act (see your list from #2) as well as people, past “failures,” fears, people, experiences that you perceive are keeping you from achieving your goal. (See Why New Year’s resolutions fail.)
For example, some often-sited obstacles to exercising are:
• I have no time.
• I don’t like gyms.
• It hurts when I run.
• Exercise is boring.
Any of these sound familiar?
Well, guess what? These are what I call “plastic” obstacles because they are, in fact, changeable.
“No way”, you may say. “I have tried so hard in the past and just couldn’t do it.”
Try asking yourself the $10 million dollar question: If you were guaranteed to receive $10 million IF you exercised three times a week for 30 minutes for 6 months, could you do it ?
If you answer yes (or any variation of affirmation), then the obstacles you have are plastic. This is not to say that overcoming the obstacles and making the changes are easy. But they are possible.
So look at each obstacle and figure out ways to overcome them. Let’s take the ever-present obstacle of “I have no time.”
Research shows that working out for three 10-minute periods is as effective as working out continuously for 30 minutes (and may even result in greater health benefits).
So, try this:
• Wake up just 10 minutes earlier in the morning and go for a 10-minute walk. I know you like to sleep — me too. But 10 minutes is not going to be a huge deal.
• At lunchtime, go for a walk for 10 minutes.
• In the evening, before dinner, do another 10 minute walk.
If you really implement the above plan, you will find it is easily doable.
Write out your commitment.
Research shows that when we write out our goals, we are much for likely to achieve them. Write out your goal(s) and read them over every day at least twice: first thing in the morning and at night before bed.
Reading your goal(s) over in the morning will help keep your goal at the forefront of your mind and encourage you to prioritize and focus on that goal throughout the day.
Reviewing your goal at night helps your brain to work on that goal unconsciously as you sleep