Well hey there February 1st! I welcome you with open arms!
For me, January seemed like the LONGEST month ever! With a case of the winter blues, Reese getting sick, and a cold front that made me want to hibernate, January didn't pan out the way I hoped.
In fact, a few days ago, as I jumped on the treadmill for my fourth workout of 2018, I realized something. Despite starting 2018 extremely motivated, I've straight up bombed many of my New Years Resolutions.
When I asked on Instagram, 85% of you said that you're also disappointed with your New Years Resolution success (or lack there of). I'm not going to lie, hearing that definitely made me feel better!
But I'm not ready to throw in the towel just yet. Today, on the first day of the second month of 2018, I'm did a little resolution regroup, and I think that you should do it too!
Do these four things, and you'll be back on track!
1. ASK YOURSELF, "DO I REALLY WANT TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL OR DO I JUST WANT TO WANT TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL?"
That's a bit confusing, so I'll explain.
I want to want to be a runner and someone who loves go to out for a jog everyday, but I don't actually WANT to run.
I want to want to be a vegan and someone who loves creating meatless meals, but I don't actually want to stop eating meat.
I want to want to be someone who limits my carb intake, but I don't actually want to stop eating cereal in bed every night.
I want to want to be someone who doesn't allow my kids to eat processed food, however I don't want to spend my life baking.
Sometimes we set resolutions based on what we want to want, but we're not actually willing or interested in doing the work to execute!
2. ASK YOURSELF, "IS THIS REALISTIC FOR MY CURRENT LIFE?"
One of my New Years Resolutions was to start going to hot yoga several times a week. I love hot yoga, and and before my stepmom days I used to go almost everyday! I really do miss it a lot.
However, going to the yoga studio takes a lot of time out of my day. After the drive into town, the one hour workout, the drive home and shower, it takes over 2 hours.
The class schedule doesn't work with our family's schedule, so it ends up taking as good chunk out of my working hours. Between responsibilities around the house, working on my business, and running around for the kids, that time is already limited.
So at this point in my life, that goal is not realistic.
But instead of saying screw it I'm not working out, I'm revamping the resolution. I've decided to commit to an at-home work-out in our basement 4x a week.
I'm also putting a plan in place so I know exactly how I'm going to execute.
It's all about setting a goal thst is realistic, attainable and that fits into our lifestyle.
3. WAS THE GOAL TOO "ALL OR NOTHING"?
Sometimes we set goals with an "all or nothing" attitude - forgetting that sometimes baby steps is the ways to go.
For example, a common resolution is to become a "morning person" and wake up at 5:00am. This is a great goal, and as a morning person, one that I highly recommend.
BUT if you're someone who struggles getting out of bed at 7:30am, and stays up until 1am watching Netflix, saying that you're going to get up at 5am is pretty extreme.
You're more likely to stay committed to a goal if you break it down into baby steps, and begin to implement small changes! (e.g. go to bed earlier & wake up 30 minutes earlier for a week, then 30 minutes more the next week etc. etc.)
So if your failed resolution was too "all or nothing" break it down and implement a gradual plan! When you achieve those "little wins" you'll be more motivated to take it to the next level. Before you know it, you'll have mastered the RESO!
4. PICTURE HOW IT WILL LOOK AND FEEL WHEN YOU ACHIEVE THE GOAL
To make changes you need to get clear on your why... which most often is associated the way something will look and feel when you achieve it. So do that...
Say your goal is to lose that last 10 lbs of baby weight
- What will that look like?
- How will you feel? (e.g. confident, energetic, healthy, motivated)
- What will your day look like? (e.g what will you eat, what will you do, what will be different than it is now?)
Answering these questions will help you get really clear on your WHY, which is really important when it comes to staying motivated!
Give these strategies a try, and be sure to let me know how you make out! I love hearing from you!
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Until next time!