It is that time of year when your mind thinks, ” Let’s get ready to rumble!”-(Michael Buffer) with your New Year’s resolutions. But before you rush to join a gym, take a crash course on losing weight overnight, or take the let me destroy my body class so I can quit the next week, let me just say that these are not the right ways to go about it.
Why Resolutions Fail
New Year’s resolutions are a powerful tool to help people achieve goals and improve their quality of life. Unfortunately, many resolutions fail, and as a result, many people give up on themselves and on achieving their objectives. This is not only unfortunate, but it is also avoidable. Achieving New Year’s resolutions requires more simplicity and understanding rather than taking preventative measures.
However, even with preventative measures, resolutions often don’t pan out. This could be due to the same, usually frivolous, advice given year after year. For instance, things like “set up mini goals,” “have partner accountability,” “challenge yourself,” or “take a selfie while working out.” While these tips may be helpful, they won’t necessarily motivate you. The best resolution is one that does not create commitment or accountability. To make your fitness habitual and consistent, you need to get to the root cause of why and how you want to achieve your resolution.
The Secret to Success and Consistency
Fun is the secret and essential when creating a fitness resolution. Not only will it keep you motivated and returning for more, but it will also help you stick with it and make it a sustainable part of your routine. Instead of running, try cycling, swimming, hiking, or even dancing. Whatever activity you choose, make sure it fits into your lifestyle and that you enjoy it. After all, if your goal is to run 3 miles and you don’t like running, you won’t stay motivated or keep running.
Having fun is the key to staying motivated. It changes your attitude and outlook about the activity, allowing you to take a more relaxed approach. When you have fun while performing your activity, you will have a more positive attitude that enhances your emotional well-being. This boosts your confidence and makes it easier to persist and stay focused on your activity despite distractions or difficult times.
So, make sure to find activities that you enjoy and that fit into your lifestyle, and you’ll be well on your way to achieving your fitness resolution. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by what you need to accomplish, fun encourages you to stay attracted and committed.
Having fun helps you remain persistent and embrace challenges, which often leads to long-term success.
When you take the time to enjoy the activities you perform, you stay motivated and engaged for extended periods.
Fun’s positive energy can trickle into other parts of your life, relationships, etc., to solve personal and professional issues and create an environment of success.
So, start with something fun, find it interesting, and do it often. Once you can wrap your mind, emotion, and energy around the activity, you can expand.
Here are some ways to develop your resolution.
If you want to achieve success, it’s essential to approach your goals with enthusiasm and passion rather than feeling like you need to do something. If you need to do something, it can quickly become a chore. So instead, focus on what you enjoy and invest your time in the want, not the need. It is much easier to be consistent and motivated when your emotions support you and are not against you.
If your goal is to lose weight, don’t focus on the weight loss itself. Instead, focus on moving more.
Don’t set a goal. Don’t create rules or develop a deadline. When you start adding rules to something, you will begin to break them like a rebel without a cause.
If you can’t do it solo, join a group. Adding the social of fitness can be incredibly beneficial for staying consistent.
When you have fun, you stay motivated and inspired. This promotes optimism, not pessimism, and will help you stay on track to accomplishing your goals.