How is your fitness program going with its refreshing jumpstart on January 1? Here are some expert and inspiring words from Tanja Shaw to put everything about New Years resolutions into perspective.
Happier & healthier in 2016 - New Years resolutions that work
You may have heard that New Year's resolutions don't last. Some studies report that as few as five percent of New Year's resolutions are kept, and that most fail by the end of January. If the resolution involves diet and exercise, it will likely 'fail' by the time you read this article.
If you don't set goals, (call it a New Years Resolution, intention, or whatever you like) you're missing out on a wonderful opportunity to live the life you want to live- to be the person you want to become.
Reflect on 2015
Pick your top 1-3 dreams for 2016. Don't worry too much about missing out on other ones- usually by focusing on one goal, other goals will become easier, or happen naturally.
Break down your goals into action items
In other words, don't get caught up on needing to measure every single intention. Instead, focus on the action steps. What do you need to do each day to become happier? Maybe it's starting a gratitude practice. Maybe it's scheduling recreation into each week. Maybe you need to work on a project that you are excited about doing. If your intention is to spend more time with family, you could take action by scheduling two electronic free evenings together as a family each week, or truly connect with your spouse each day.
Track your daily habits
Get support. You don't have to do it on your own. You can share your goals with a close friend, and give them a daily update, hire a coach or join a community of people who share a similar goal.
Finally, give yourself the grace and space to fail, and to try again.