Resolutions that Actually Work

Did you know that 95% of New Year’s resolutions are forgotten or given up on by the last day of January?

Studies find that by February, many people are further behind than when they made the resolution! We want you to be in that 5% who succeeds, so here are some of the reasons why resolutions are unresolved, and what you can do to avoid the pitfalls.

You let an arbitrary start date rule your thinking

The New Year is a start time influenced by tradition. We have a greater chance of succeeding when we have laid the groundwork for success and considered the best time to begin working on goals.

January 1st is an arbitrary date, and we get caught up in feeling as if everyone is doing it. Same goes for “next Monday,” “tomorrow morning,” and “once I finish this box of donuts.”

Instead, collaborate with a friend or coach to pick a start date that’s right for you to begin working toward your goals. For example, if your goal is to lose a certain amount of weight, you may first want to keep a food diary for a couple of weeks, then clean out the “temptations” from your pantry and refrigerator.

This helps you set up for success from the start. The best way to accomplish a long-term goal is to work toward it over time.

Your goals kinda stink

Sometimes we set vague and/or unattainable goals. Resolutions are typically black and white, dealing in absolutes: I will quit smoking. I will exercise every day. I will not spend money. Goals like these set you up for failure before you even begin!

Instead, set realistic and specific goals. Don’t try to fix everything all at once.

Focus on what is most important to you right now, for THIS year. For example, “I will lose weight” is not a specific goal; however, “I will lose 10 pounds” is both specific and measurable.

To make it realistic, give yourself a reasonable timeframe to attain your goal and set smaller, weekly goals. Then, celebrate when you’ve reached that first weekly goal, such as losing your first pound or two!

You let yourself off the hook too easily

It is difficult to stay motivated day after day, week after week. If we decide to give up or give in, who’s really going to call us on it? In order to make true change, we need to retrain our brains, create new habits, and ensure accountability.

Our #1 tip is: get support. Have an accountability partner, work with a veedah coach one-on-one, exercise with a workout buddy. Accountability increases your opportunity for success by more than 50%!

Think through your resolutions, including the timing of getting started. Find what you want to do, break it down, get specific, and get rolling. We believe in you!