New Year, New You

It’s the third week of the new year. Question: How are you doing with your resolutions? Assuming that you made one or a few, are you still on track or have you already slipped a bit?

Studies suggests that most people will quit on their resolutions within the first 3 months of the year. Some of it is due to setting goals too high or a timeline that is too unrealistic. Some failures are due to a wrong approach just as going on an unsustainable program. And some are due to a lack of motivation after the initial excitement wears off.

Here’s a tip that can help boost your chances of achieving your goals: Think long term.

A lot of people fall into this quick fix mentality and as a result, set up a plan of action that is too difficult to sustain for a long period of time. Most major goals needs time to accomplish and because of this, if your plan is to go all out, doing as much as you can as soon as possible, you may find yourself burning out pretty quickly.

Take for example the yo-yo dieter. This is the person who goes on some crazy diet where they basically starve or deprive themselves of their favorite foods and perhaps works out 3 hours a day. This may give them some temporary results in the beginning but once they burn out and revert back to their old ways, those results will disappear as well.

Whatever your goal is, unless there’s some time constraint, take it slowly. Working hard is crucial but work at a pace you can keep up with for a long period of time. The reason for this is the longer you can stick to doing something, the easier doing it will become.

When you do something long enough, it will become a habit and when that happens, taking that action will become easier.

So the key to achieving your goals for this year is to have a plan that you can actually stick to for the long term. Aside from building the right habits to achieve your goal, you will also increase your self discipline as well which will help you achieve your other goals in the future.

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