Plan for Success with Your New Year's Resolution

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Posted by: Robin Fortenberry

It’s the time of year where so many of us set out with the best intentions on making significant changes in our lives in the form of a New Year’s Resolution. Statistics show that an overwhelming majority of these resolutions are not successful. One of the main reasons for the lack of success is not taking the time to create a plan.

Here are some simple tips to help increase your chances for success.

  1. First, identify what the end goal will be and why you are trying to make this change. Also give thought as to how this change will benefit you and others.
  2. Put everything in writing. This creates more of a commitment on your part if the goal is written down.
  3. Decide if your resolution is realistic. You want to create a situation where effort will be required but the end goal is reachable.
  4. Be specific on what you wish to achieve and how. Don’t just decide to “lose weight”. Make a realistic commitment on how much weight you can lose and in what period of time.
  5. Break the end goal down into smaller progressive goals to make the process easier and to create motivation points. For example, if you want to lose 60 pounds in one year, break that down to 5 pounds a month.
  6. Identify if there is anyone who will take a part in your resolution. This could be asking for the support of family and friends or hiring a personal trainer or dietician.
  7. Create motivating factors. If your resolution is weight loss, what is motivating you to lose the weight? Perhaps it’s so you can accomplish something physical or for appearances for a trip or event. Find something that positively motivates you.
  8. Stay positive! Prepare for setbacks and don’t get discouraged if your progress stalls. It’s more than ok to make adjustments and sometimes just start over. There is no rule that change can only start on New Year’s Day. A resolution of change can begin anytime.

The real way to accomplish goals is to commit one’s self to the process.  It won’t just happen without. Careful thought and planning are important but ultimately you have to be willing to take that first step. The Fitness Staff of the J wishes all of you success in your goals and resolutions and hope that you all have a fantastic 2021!