December 30, 2013

Keeping Your New Years Resolutions by Modly Chic

Today's guest post comes from Katy of Modly Chic.

It’s the start of a new year. It’s that time when we have the chance to re-invent ourselves, that catalyst that makes us want to change. Whether it’s healthy, finances, education, relationships, hobbies… we all have some goals for 2014. But keeping resolutions is not easy, even with the best-laid plans.

Last year I decided to focus on getting healthy and training to run a marathon. With a lot of stops and starts, I ended up losing 15 pounds and running the Chicago marathon, 25 minutes faster than I had 4 years prior. Yay for following through and here’s to setting equally great but challenging plans for the year.

How to keep your New Year’s Resolutions.

1. Set goals. Instead of resolutions, which are like a set-up for failure since by definition they are things we tend to break by the start of February, I like to think of these changes as goals – something we strive for.
2. Be realistic. Instead of setting lofty or vague goals be very specific. For instance, instead of ‘I want to be healthy,’ make the goal ‘I want to run a marathon in under 3 hours and eliminate soda from my daily diet.’ Or ‘I want to lose 10 pounds and be able to walk up the stairs without getting winded.’
3. Begin again. New Years goals are not something we try only on January 1st! To see true results we need to start again and again. Fail one morning and then begin again the next day or that afternoon. One bad day, or even a week of bad days, heck a month of bad days doesn’t mean your goal is not achievable.
4. Community is important. Goals are always more achievable when we are striving for them with the aid of someone else. Maybe that means we are on a weight loss goal with a friend or loved one. Maybe we are trying to read more so we join a book club.
5. Write it down. Experts say we are more likely to achieve a purpose if we put it in specific writing. A mental goal is not as realistic to us as one set to stone, or paper in this instance.
6. Track results. Without obsessing about meeting our long-term goal, it helps to keep monthly or weekly track of our personal progress. Track it in your phone or on a calendar, in a journal… whatever will help you stay accountable.

How are you keeping your New Year's resolutions?

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