Happy New Year!
It is the first day of the New Year and most of us have a few new resolutions for 2013. Unfortunately, on average, most of us only stick to those resolutions for 1 month or less. Let this year be different.
Here are a few tips to help you achieve your goals.
- Tell people your New Year’s Resolutions. When you have publicly declared your resolutions you will be ten times more likely to actually keep them.
- Make your resolutions specific and measurable. Just saying ‘I will lose weight’ likely won’t give you results. Instead tell your self you want to lose ten pounds by June and have specific actions to achieve that goal. For example, create a realistic work out goal that you can stick to and decrease your food consumption by 300 kcal per day. Setting SMART goals are a great way to see if your goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. Check out this SMART goal worksheet to get you started.
- Check in on your progress every 2 weeks. It can take time to build new habits. For example, if you made the resolution to spend more time with family and friends, you may change behaviour the first week but was that sustainable? It is easy for things to slide the second week as you get in your regular grind.
- Be realistic. Setting two resolutions is probably enough. If you set more you may be setting yourself up to fail.
- Keep yourself accountable. A great way to be accountable to yourself is to post your goals up somewhere where you and family, friends and/or coworkers can see them. Try posting a list on your fridge or at your workplace. It will be a great reminder and your friends or family will be sure to give friendly reminders, whether they blatantly say anything or not!
Good luck everyone! If you need support to help your coworkers or employees make your business healthier contact us for a free corporate health assessment.
Happy New Year!!