Ready to start the New Year? Have you already made a list of resolutions? Then you're on the right track! With some planning and commitment, you can achieve your goals in 2017. This could be your healthiest, happiest year yet. It all comes down to the choices you make every day. Begin getting rid of the bad habits, embrace new healthy habits, and surround yourself with like-minded people who support your goals. Remember that health and wellness is easier to achieve when you surround yourself with like-minded people that can encourage and support you on the journey.
Find Your Motivation
Did you know that only one in eight British adults kept a resolution last year? More than half of them stated they failed because they had lost their motivation. Statistics also show that less than 49 percent (out of the 70 percent that even make one) of U.S. adults actually stick with their resolutions, whether it's joining the gym, cutting back on sugar, or quitting alcohol. One in four will give up within the first week of the New Year.
Most people fail to make their resolutions stick simply because they lack motivation. Once you find your inner drive, everything else comes easy. Whether you want to lose weight, stay active, or compete in a sport, motivation is the key to success. Try to figure out why you wish to change things, and make sure you do it for yourself, not for your friends, spouse, or parents. Change because you desire to be a better you!
Goals keep you motivated and help measure your progress. If you don't know what you want, you won't be able to achieve it. Set short and long term goals, such as quitting smoking, losing 10 pounds, or doing a 5k. Break larger goals into smaller goals that can be easily achieved. Small successes lead to bigger successes!
Eventually, make only one resolution and do whatever it takes to reach your objective. For instance, let's say you want to eat healthier and improve your diet. Start with baby steps, such as replacing the soda during the first week with water, swapping sugar for stevia during the second week, and cooking at least one meal a day by the end of the month. Big changes don't happen overnight. Be patient and give yourself time to adjust to healthy living.
Plan for bumps in the road; you'll fail more than once before reaching your goals. Diet slip-ups, missed workouts, and other common mistakes are part of everyday life. Even the healthiest people fall off the wagon from time to time. Don’t expect perfection from yourself. Remember that you're human and humans make mistakes. Instead of blaming yourself, move on and do it better next time. Think optimistically about where you are going and stay positive. Surround yourself with positive and encouraging people that help build you up yet are honest with you and help keep you accountable.
Let Go of Negative Thoughts
Negative thinking is your worst enemy. Surprisingly, about 80 percent of our thoughts contain some sort of negativity. These thoughts are like a snowball. The more you focus on them, the bigger they get. Over time, they end up controlling your life and your actions. The enemy tells wants you to think you will never win the battle but God say All things are possible!
Let go of negative thoughts and replace them with positive statements. For example, instead of thinking "I will never lose weight," tell yourself: “I didn't get here over night and I can’t change over night BUT I WILL CHANGE. I'm facing some obstacles, but I'll soon reach my goals." Change the tone of your thoughts and believe in yourself.
Let your family and friends know about your goals. If possible, get the whole family involved. The ball is in your court when it comes to getting healthy and living the life you’ve always dreamed of. Trust yourself, embrace your flaws, and take responsibility for your actions. Through this practice, you will learn that life is a journey, not a destination. And most of all, love yourself where you are but desire to be the best version of you that you can be. If cleaner eating, getting control of food, and implementing exercise is your goal, check out the link below for what 365 days of healthy habits looks like and think this time next year that could be YOU!