The New Year just began and not surprisingly there are resolutions already going out the window. It is estimated that 45% of Americans – nearly half the population – make a New Year’s Resolution each year. They start out with enthusiasm and the best of intentions but just a few weeks later – typically by the end of January – the resolutions have already been broken. In fact, it is also estimated that less than 10% of those who have made a resolution will actually reach their goal by the end the year.
What is the phenomenon that allows so many of us to passionately commit to a promise to ourselves that we are so easily able to abandon within such a short time? Often, it’s because we are overwhelmed by the enormity of what we’ve taken on – a goal that seems so big that we can’t possibly manage what it takes to meet it. Instead, if we were able to set small, achievable, and practical goals – that when added together would allow us to achieve the bigger picture – we would be in a much better position to achieve success.
If you’re one of the millions that have committed to getting healthy this year and find the big picture to be too much to handle, consider making the following commitment to these small goals. And wait and see how quickly it all adds up.
Hire a trainer a few days a week. If you find it difficult to honor a commitment to yourself, make a commitment to meeting someone a few days a week who will guide you in your fitness journey. It helps to be accountable to someone else and will put you in a routine that can quickly become a habit.
Find a buddy. Chances are that you know someone else who is committed to getting healthy this year. Why not buddy up and make yourselves accountable to each other? It’s harder to skip out on a workout if someone is counting on you to join them.
Make one small change at a time. Very often we make the mistake of biting off more than we can chew right at the beginning. Commit to a half hour worth of activity 2 to 3 days a week and move on from there.
Use what you have at a home. Getting fit doesn’t have to require an expensive gym membership or equipment. Pop in a DVD at home, take a walk around the neighborhood, or use weights you have around the house. Start simple and before you know it you’ll find yourself in a routine.