Setting Your New Year’s Resolution – & Keeping It

health & wellness tips from The LESS Institute
Content by Esther Rodriguez & Ana Williams
As we ring in the new year, we inevitably ring in resolutions to follow – from fitness aspirations to lifestyle improvements, we all share a common end goal: to improve our lives in the upcoming year, by altering bad habits and fostering positive ones. But goal setting is more than making a wish and hoping it will come true. It’s about making it happen and sticking to it. This year, don’t promise the same old new year’s resolution just to find yourself given up by February. The biggest mistake we see are goals that are too broad, too big or too complex. Read on for your guide to setting a manageable new year’s resolution – and keeping it for good.

Tip #1: Recognize what you need to change.

Take a serious step back and consider what you feel you need or want more out of life. It could be as major as a big move, or as “minor” as dedicating more time to home cooking. Whatever will increase YOUR quality of life – make it happen.

Tip #2: Establish smart goals.

S.M.A.R.T. goals are those that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based. Set these goals by writing them down, making them feel tangible. Then plan the steps you must take to realize that goal, and cross each off as you work through.

Tip #3: Begin a goal-directed activity.

The first step to achieving your goals is starting. Don’t let the prospect of hard work keep you from beginning. It takes just one step – and voila! You’ve begun.

Tip #4: Track your progress.

Tracking your progress doesn’t have to be intimidating, but it does need to hold you accountable. Whether it’s in baby steps or giant leaps, track your wins every time. This will serve as both proof of achievement and a motivator to keep you climbing for success.

Tip #5: Reward yourself.*

Perhaps the best step of all: reward. Don’t forget to celebrate your wins, even if it’s in a small way. You ran a mile every day last week? Highlight that by treating yourself to a new piece of gym swag. Or take a day off and pick back up twice as hard the following. Small wins are still wins.
*Just don’t go too easy on yourself! Goals are meant to challenge and better you – and hard work is tough for a reason. The easy path won’t get you to your desired destination, trust us. It’s all about a happy medium in rest & reward. You know your limits; establish those, stick to them & you’ll thrive.
Share below how YOU make & keep your new year’s resolution. How will you take 2018 by the horns?
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