How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

resolutionsThe holidays came and went like a cold winter breeze, snapping in and out and ending with the epic countdown leading to the New Year. With the New Year, comes the tradition of setting resolutions to start the year out fresh and with great intentions.

However, for most individuals, resolutions disappear almost as quickly as they were created. The notion of going to the gym at 5:00am everyday, eating healthier, or spending more time with family starts losing its appeal within a week of starting the new “habit.” So how do you make these resolutions stick so that you can see progress when the countdown comes again for 2018? The Marc Pro team has some tips to help you maintain your 2017 resolutions.

Make Realistic Resolutions

The great thing about a resolution is that it is just a “goal” with a fancy name. A goal can be modified to fit your individual needs. So even if you resolved to go to the gym everyday at 12:00am on January 1st, you can still modify your resolution to make it something that you are actually able to maintain. For example, if you have never gone to the gym but want to start going more regularly, make it a goal to start hitting the weights and cardio 3 times per week. There are no rules that say you cannot modify this resolution later to increase the amount that you are doing, but allow yourself the possibility of achieving your goal instead of making it impossible from the start.

Follow the Leader

Do you find it challenging to make goals that are right for you? Or do you not know what a good resolution may be for you? Follow the leaders on goal setting—our Marc Pro athletes. These individuals are in the habit of constantly reflecting and creating goals throughout the year. Take some of their advice so that you can make your best resolutions for 2017.

Write Your Resolution Down

If you see your resolution on a Post-It on your bathroom mirror everyday, it is much harder to ignore than if the goal is in your head alone. Write your goal down and put it somewhere where you have to see it everyday.

Revise, Revise, Revise

This may have been stated previously, however, it is very important to remember that goals shift and change as an individual shifts and changes. Reflect on your resolution regularly to see if you have achieved your goal, if you need to make your next goal more challenging, or still have more work to do to reach your ultimate peak.

What are your goals or resolutions for the year? Do you create different goals for your athletic and personal lives? Tweet at Marc Pro with your responses. Happy New Year and best of luck with your 2017 resolutions!