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How to Keep your New Years Resolution!

How to Keep your New Years Resolution!

Plan Ahead. Set Small Goals. 

Have a plan of attack of what your SHORT term goals are for just the month of January. In my opinion often times we set these Huge goals and we get frustrated when we do not reach them. Set small goals for each month AHEAD of time!

Surround yourself with Positive People.

We are human. We are affected by the way others think and what they say. If you want your goals to be made you need to surround yourself with positive people who will help you reach those goals and are supportive of your decisions to make healthier choices.

Shout it from the rooftops . . .Great Advice from the Team Beachbody Site I took into affect last year!!! 

. . . share it online. According to Wiseman’s research, women were more likely to succeed if they told their friends and family about their goals.3 After all, you wouldn’t want to fail in front of a few hundred of your closest friends, colleagues, and high school exes—would you? Make your resolution Facebook® official, tweet about it, or post a “before” photo on Instagram®. Accountability is your friend!!!

Join a Challenge and surround yourself with people who have similar goals!!!

Last year I decided to join a challenge. I was so skeptical of the entire thing! I went in thinking of I will give this a try but just like any other thing it probably will not work. MAN was I wrong!!! Surrounding myself with accountability partners who believed in me and saw the best in small changes made all the difference. We even have become best friends. I grew up on sports teams in high school and college and after that I missed that feeling of being on a team in a supporting setting and that is exactly was this is!

To Apply for my Challenge Click Here

Here are other New Years Strategies from Team Beachbody to Keep you Accountable to your Goals!

Strategize.

Once you’ve decided on your Big Important Goal, come up with a few smaller objectives that can help you get there. If you resolve to lose weight, commit to doing your INSANITY® workout every day. Or hire a personal trainer and buy sessions in bulk. Or take a two-mile hike every weekend. “Intention is very different than action,” says Daniel C. Stettner, Ph.D., director of Psychology at UnaSource Health Center in Troy, MI, and an adjunct professor at Wayne State University in Detroit. “People have to come up with tactics and strategies. Otherwise, it’s like driving to a destination without directions—you’re not going to be successful.”

Think positive . . . but not too positive.

 Notebook with New Year Resolutions on themIf you paid attention in English class, you might remember “doublethink” from Orwell’s 1984—the ability to accept two opposing beliefs as truth. In this case, you need to accept that you can succeed and that you can fail. In his book, 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot, Wiseman points to research by psychologist Gabriele Oettingen, who found that imagining success kept people motivated, while imagining failure helped them form “avoidance goals.”4 In other words, it’s okay to fantasize about firing your annoying cube mate when you become manager—but also devise a Plan B in case you get passed over for this round of promotions.

Know thy enemy.

Willpower is overrated. According to a recent study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, people were more likely to be successful if they avoided temptation altogether rather than expecting superhuman self-control to kick in.5 So figure out what changes you can make to sidestep your biggest roadblocks—can you take a different route to work that doesn’t pass a bagel shop? Can you block Facebook on your computer to free up more time for new projects? Can you switch from your usual hangout to a non-smoking bar? A few small lifestyle changes can prevent big pitfalls.

Reward yourself.

We all love instant gratification. So when you’re pursuing a long-term goal like weight loss or digging out of debt, short-term rewards will help you power through. Just make sure the rewards jibe with the ultimate goal—don’t reward a week of workouts by eating an entire chocolate cake. If you’re trying to slim down, for example, Dr. Stettner suggests buying a new outfit you can’t squeeze into (yet!) or working out with a friend so the reward is built-in.

Don’t let setbacks derail you.

Spoiler alert: You’re human, so you’re going to screw up. Don’t let it discourage you, and don’t use it as an excuse to let the rest of the day (or weekend, or month) go down the tubes. “There are going to be lapses, but a lapse doesn’t have to be a collapse or a relapse,” Dr. Stettner says. “Seek persistence rather than the dirty P-word, perfection. Don’t think, ‘I went off the plan today, so I’ll start over tomorrow.’ Salvage it. Save the day.”

Resources:

1-3. http://www.quirkology.com/UK/Experiment_resolution.shtml
4. http://psych.nyu.edu/oettingen/l
5. http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2011-28783-001/

 

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