3 ways to hold yourself accountable to your New Year’s goal
Every January there seems to be tons of people with a resolution to complete a goal for the new year. Some will get off to a great start, but by the end of the month they are back to their old habits. There are others who keep the momentum going past the first month but by July, life has caught up to them and they have completely forgotten about their goal. Then yes, there are even some who don’t even start. Even though we desire change at the reflection of the past year, it’s always easier said than done. For those interested in making a change in 2019, here are 3 ways to give yourself a better chance at success in 2019.
Build a plan for yourself
While accomplishing a new year’s resolution seems to be difficult, taking a stand and a goal is a big first step. Follow that by building yourself a step by step plan that slowly leads you to your ultimate goal. The most important thing is to complete one step at a time. Do not overwhelm yourself by trying to change everything about your lifestyle overnight. You are achieving small wins on the road to the biggest.
An example of someone with a goal of weight loss may start by substituting bad office snacks the first week. The second week they may start a new morning routine, the third week they start meal prepping, and then in the next few weeks that person now has a consistent workout routine. Change your habits by accomplishing one small step at a time from your game plan and you’re on the road to success.
Make an accountability mirror
Write down what you want to accomplish in 2019 and tape it to your bathroom mirror. Force yourself to look at these goals every day. Study after study tells you that looking at your goals and writing them down means you are much more likely to remember them. If you look at, write, and think about your goals on a daily basis you are much more likely to act on them. It does not necessarily have to be posting them to your mirror. It could be your work computer, refrigerator, on the dashboard in your car, etc. Everyone is different so choose what works best for you.
Who is your accountability partner?
Science will tell you that people accomplish things a lot easier when you are part of a team. Yes, it would be easy to have one person that you work out with, eat with, and talk about other health strategies with but, it isn’t likely. Building a team of accountability partners can work just as well. Here are ideas for you if your goal is living a healthier lifestyle:
•Get your partner to commit to one day of meal prepping for the week.
• Get a co-worker to join them in a workout before or after work twice a week.
• Get the kids to join them in an after-dinner walk.
Now you’ve created a team with the set purpose of helping them achieve their goal. Not only are you not going to want to let your team down but they will not want to see you fail.
It doesn’t matter what your goal is for 2019. Whether it was to kick a bad old habit or to start a healthy new one, these tips will get you jumpstarted toward any goal. Have a goal, but build a plan. Every treasure chest of gold had a map on how to get there. Look at your goals every day, then put them into action. Last but not least, build a team. Make 2019 the year you beat the odds and complete your new year’s resolution.
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