If you’re like most of the millions of people who made a new year’s resolution, now you’re really starting to feel the pressure and possibly the urge to give up. It is now February and all the good reasons you made the resolution are almost a distant memory. Which is why now is the perfect time to kick yourself into gear. First thing first, if you made a resolution and have already derailed, it is never too late to start again. Follow a few easy rules and you’ll be back on track in no time.
Accountability is crucial when it comes to sticking with a resolution. If your resolution was to lose weight then choose a workout buddy. Set a date and time in advance every week. You will be less likely to cancel if you know your friend is waiting and counting on you. If you really need an extra push try a bootcamp or cross training class that has one on one attention. Many classes have 12-15 people and offer more personalized attention.
Share your resolutions and goals with friends and family. The more people you share with the more support you will receive and the less likely you are to breakdown and quit. Having a strong support system always proves beneficial and can help you reach your goals faster.
Set yourself up for success. Whether you’re trying to kick a bad habit like smoking or drinking, or just drop a few pounds or spend money less frivolously, surround yourself with people that have healthy influences on you. If you have a friend that loves to go out for happy hour everyday, it may be time to invite her to do something else. You can also steer clear of situations that will make you want to fall back into old habits. It usually takes at least 30 days to break a habit and some experts say that 90 is even better!
Think about buying a big calendar and start marking each day you achieve your goal. Get a magic marker and X out each day, this way you will have a visual of your progress. A vision board can be very helpful too. Regardless of what your vision or goal is, having pictures or inspirational cut out words can help you achieve it!