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Are New Year's Resolutions Worth the Hype?

The beginning of a new year often marks a period of reflection and a fresh start for many. It's the time when resolutions are set with the best intentions, aiming for self-improvement and positive change. Yet many will say "You shouldn't have to wait for the New Year to have a goal" or "They never stick, I always fall off". Making the question remain: Are New Year's resolutions worth the hype?

Here's our take...

You don't NEED to have a New Year's Resolution, but it is a great opportunity to take a step back and look at where you are at vs. where you want to be! Doing a little yearly/quarterly/monthly planning to continue to push for your goals will be more beneficial to hitting them than having just one large resolution.

Take a look at our tips to being successful in your goals for the New Year!

Start With Small Goals.

The allure of ambitious resolutions can be overwhelming, but research suggests that starting with small, manageable goals can lead to more significant and lasting changes. Small goals are less intimidating and more achievable, creating a sense of accomplishment that boosts motivation. For instance, instead of committing to an intense daily workout routine, start with a 10-minute walk each day. As these small achievements accumulate, they lay the foundation for more substantial lifestyle changes.

Make It Measurable.

A common pitfall in resolution setting is the lack of measurability. Vague goals such as "exercise more" or "eat healthier" make it challenging to track progress. Making resolutions measurable involves setting clear, specific targets. Instead of a broad goal like exercising more, set a target of how many times a week you'd like to workout.. it gives you the ability to achieve that goal, but also the flexibility of not having to commit to specific days (some weeks a Tuesday will work and then the next it wont... we get it!). This clarity not only provides direction but also allows for regular assessment and adjustment.

Be Realistic.

While ambition is commendable, setting unrealistic goals can lead to frustration and demotivation. It's essential to evaluate your capabilities, resources, and current circumstances realistically. For instance, aspiring to workout 6 days a week when you are currently only making it once might not be the most realistic. Tailor your resolutions to your individual situation, ensuring they are challenging yet attainable ex: going from 1 day a week at the gym to 3! This increases the likelihood of success and prevents the discouragement that often accompanies unattainable goals.

Make a Plan.

The key to turning resolutions into reality is having a well-defined plan. Establishing a roadmap for how you'll achieve your goals provides structure and guidance. Break down your resolution into smaller steps, creating a timeline with milestones along the way. You may still want to achieve that 6 days a week workout routine, but by making a plan of committing to 3 days a week and getting consistent with that for a month before adding a 4 day, etc. A detailed plan turns aspirations into actionable steps, increasing your chances of success - again think of that yearly goal broken down into quarters, than into months!

Stay Positive.

Maintaining a positive mindset throughout the journey is crucial. Acknowledge that setbacks are a natural part of any transformative process. Instead of viewing them as failures, see them as opportunities to learn and adjust your approach, moving goals are okay - we are constantly entering new seasons of our lives! Cultivating a positive outlook not only enhances resilience but also makes the entire experience more enjoyable. Surround yourself with supportive individuals, celebrate even the smallest victories, and focus on the progress made rather than fixating on perceived shortcomings.

While the hype around New Year's resolutions may sometimes seem overrated, their potential for positive change should not be dismissed. By starting with small goals, making resolutions measurable, being realistic, creating a plan, and maintaining a positive mindset, you can turn your aspirations into achievable and sustainable results. Embrace the new year as an opportunity for growth and self-improvement, and remember that the journey is just as important as the destination.

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