As the Christmas decorations come down, the New Year’s resolution lists fill up. So how can you ensure you actually keep on track with your goals rather than falling off the wagon come February? By thinking SMART, that’s how.
For many of us, 2020 wasn’t exactly the best year. It was filled with plenty of ups, downs, tragedies and sad news. So if you’re ready to bid 2020 adieu with a giant kick to the backside and greet 2021 with a fresh new outlook, then here’s how you can succeed.
Goals don’t have to be huge. In fact, the smaller they are, the better chance you have of actually keeping them. A good way to stay on track is by making SMART goals. Here’s what we mean:
- Specific – Set goals that state exactly what you want to accomplish.
- Measurable – Make sure these goals can be measured (not necessarily by scales).
- Attainable – Set achievable goals.
- Realistic – Make sure your goals match your lifestyle. If you have three kids, a full time job and very little down time, training for an Ironman may be a little tricky.
- Time Framed – Set mini goals (daily and weekly) to help keep you on track.
Find A Partner For Resolution Success
Having a good support system is so essential when it comes to reaching your target. That’s one of the reasons The Healthy Mommy has worked for countless moms.
We have support groups around the country to offer inspiration and motivation when the couch and the chocolate is calling.
Accept You’re Going To Have Bad Days
You can’t be perfect all of the time and you really cannot expect your situation to be perfect either. Things happen that can steer you off track and that’s perfectly okay. These minor setbacks are all part of the journey. As long as you are making steps in the right direction, then that’s what counts.
Use Visual Aids
Visual aids not only keep you organized, but they can also show you how far you’ve come. A calendar, a spreadsheet or a diary can all give you the motivation to keep on track.
Figure Out The Cues
Breaking unhealthy lifestyle choices is all about getting out of routine. And bad habits are hard to break. Before you can actually succeed in breaking a bad habit, you need to uncover these cues; the triggers and stresses that result in the habit.
Once you have these triggers figured out, you can embed different cues during those times. For example, anytime you have a craving for something unhealthy, do 10 squats instead. In time, your body will start to associate these new cues and your butt will look amazeballs.
Take It One Step At A Time
Start small. Start with one challenge. Our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is easy to follow and can be completed in just four weeks. 28 Days is attainable right?
And it could be just the push you need to prove that, yes, you can do it. And yes, you can stick to it.