We are officially in the double digits of days into 2017. Many of you set resolutions for the year. Some of you refuse to use “resolutions” and, instead, set goals for yourself. Others avoid setting new year goals altogether because they are afraid of setting themselves up for failure. Here are six tips to help you keep your resolutions in 2017.
Start with specific, clear, measurable goals
The first step of attaining your resolutions is to set specific, clear, and measurable goals. If you have already written out resolutions for the year, verify that they are specifically written. On the other hand, if you haven’t already written out goals, think of 2-3 things you would like to improve on this year.
Non-specific goal: Lose weight
Specific, clear, measurable goal: Lose 10 lbs. by March
Non-specific goal: Avoid sweets
Specific, clear, measurable goal: Limit sweets to 3 days a week or less in 2017
Non-specific goal: Workout and tone up
Specific, clear, measurable goal: Get in a workout routine and workout for at least 30 minutes, 4 days a week
Once you have your goal(s) set, share it! Share your goals with your family or friends, so that you will have someone to help keep you accountable. When you feel tempted to give up, feel discouraged, or even made progress towards your goal- you will have someone to talk to.
This year, I shared my goals for 2017 with all of you, however I also have people that know my specific goals and will help me in the right direction. Many of my friends share similar goals, so we can work together to hold each other accountable.
Schedule check-in dates
If you have someone who is helping hold you accountable, pre-schedule several dates throughout the year to check-in with each other. You can determine the timeline for these dates, and they can be as frequently as you want. It helps to check in on your progress at least every 3-4 months and adjust and celebrate your goals as needed as needed.
Another way to check-in on your progress is to schedule phone reminders at the first of the month. This can be as simple as a monthly note that says “how are you working towards your goals this month?”
Motivate yourself by writing down your goals and placing them in convenient spots around your house. Put a motivational note on your fridge, bathroom mirror, day planner, or phone background. If you see your goal written out once a day, you will be more likely to keep it.
Don’t give up
Reality is, it won’t be sunshine every week and you may fail. When you do, don’t give up. Figure out what went wrong and fix it. You may have to rewrite your goal, change the completion date, or schedule more check-in dates. One little mess up won’t ruin your year.
On the other hand, you can use your check-ins to celebrate successes. You can celebrate with small rewards when you reach a milestone or keep it up for an extended amount of time. For example, every month I successfully do my weekly morning workouts, I will buy myself a new workout tank top.
What tips do you use to keep your resolutions? How will you celebrate your successes this year? Leave me a comment below.