Before you start down the path that so many of us have taken, jumping into our resolutions and then burning out or giving up two months later, here are some easy tips to help you be successful.
- Find an Accountability Partner: This could be your significant other, a friend, or you could even hire someone, but having an accountability partner is very important. This person not only checks in with you to be sure you are keeping to the plan but ideally knows your strengths and weaknesses and can help keep you motivated. If a morning gym routine is part of your new year’s resolution and you have a hard time waking up, your accountability partner could give you a call in the morning or even better, meet you at the gym to be a partner in health. Your accountability partner may also recognize your struggle to wake early and can help you look at your schedule for other times you may be available to work out that are not so challenging. Remember, New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be a struggle!
- Positive Motivation/ Reinforcement: While your accountability partner can help with encouragement it is vitally important that you find additional ways to motivate and reinforce keeping to your new plan. Perhaps the New Year is bringing with it a new financial plan that includes spending less money and saving more, or paying off debts. Keep track of that spending but be sure you factor in a little wiggle room, say $20 a month. When the end of the month comes, if you have stayed on track and not spent that money here or there on little, unnecessary items then you reap the reward of taking yourself out to a movie or grabbing dinner with a friend. But the rewards and motivation don’t just have to come from the area of your goal. If your goal was the gym, then reward yourself once a week by relaxing in the gym hot tub after your workout or perhaps your reward could be dinner with your workout partner. And don’t forget the power of a positive atmosphere! By surrounding yourself with affirmational photos or photos that inspire you to achieve your goals you are increasing your subconscious motivation to achieve these goals as well.
- Keep a Progress Journal/ Chart: In two minutes a day you can keep up a daily journal or chart on what struggles you faced, which areas you are meeting resistance to your plan, and what successes you’ve celebrated. Then when it feels like you’ve hit a plateau and you’re on the verge of giving up you can go back and look at how far you have actually come! Read about how good those victories felt or look back at what was a struggle that now is part of your easy routine. It is easy to forget how far you have come when the change is slowly happening each day. So take a glance back and give yourself a pat on the back! On those days you feel like giving up, this journal may just be the extra push you need to keep going, and isn’t that worth a couple minutes a day?
Happy New Year to you all! May 2015 be filled with blessings and inspired challenges!
My name is Amanda Rey and I am a Gratitude and Empowerment Coach and Motivational Photographer. If you would like more information on how to shift your life and find the love and joy you deserve, email me at [email protected] or visit www.ReyofGratitude.com.