New Year — New You?
As we dive into a brand-new year with the greatest of intentions, many of us have already set, committed to, and broken our New Year’s resolutions. Year after year, people across the globe set goals for everything from breaking bad habits, improving health, and reducing debt to being overall better people. It’s estimated that more than 40% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions, but only a mere 8% follow through in achieving the goals they set. We make resolutions to cut people out of our lives and love ourselves more, but the reality for most is that this year will be a repetition of the prior year’s behaviors and decisions.
It makes sense that a new year should bring out a new you because let’s face it, no matter how great we are, there’s always room for improvement and personal growth. Many of us would agree that we’re not where we want to be, but most don’t understand that the only thing stopping you from getting there is you! If there are habits and behaviors you wish to change, you can absolutely make it happen, if your willpower is strong and you remember not to beat yourself up when you fall short. Do your best to set realistic goals and don’t try to change too many things at once. Drastic changes sometimes require baby steps to aid in the success of achieving big goals. You may be a person that has never set foot in a gym, but this year you got a gym membership and have ‘committed’ to becoming a gym rat, so you burn yourself out by January 4th. Perhaps a more realistic goal would be to start with a 10-minute workout in your living room consisting of a few jumping jacks, walking in place, some crunches and a handful of squats. The physical activity will increase your energy and over time, you’ll find yourself adding more reps to your workout, and might just get your money’s worth out of that gym membership after all.
Don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re already slipping on your New Year’s Resolution! Simply regroup, refocus and reset the clock. Start by committing to one week of your new behavior, habit or mindset and celebrate milestones in seven-day increments instead of pressuring yourself into a 365-day commitment. Make a pledge with a friend or family member to hold you accountable for your small goals and reward yourself each time you achieve a baby step. We are strong, phenomenal women capable of achieving any goal that we set for ourselves. Start out with realistic expectations, use baby steps, and do what you can to stay motivated. I promise, before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to the New You in the New Year!