It may be that your previous year's endeavors were a success, and in that case, congratulations! But there are many more of us who think that maybe we just don't have the staying power or will to keep on trudging when the going gets tough.
Our resolves are often worthy, admirable, or necessary. Yet, too many of us fail to realize our hopes and dreams for a larger saving's account, or a healthier lifestyle, or to have more patience.
The one thing that is missing from our laudable list of resolves is simply; a sustainable plan to get ourselves from where we are to where we want to be!
That's it. Such a simple thing, and yet so necessary. It's easy to overlook the small things, and we often do to our own peril.
Here are some hard-won tips to creating a plan that is effective and that you not only can stick to, but genuinely want to!
- Find your motivation. This is different for everyone. An example might be, you want to become a better player in your sport, so you want to become more fit. Fitness in itself isn't a motivational approach! Many of us find our best motivation in realizing that our family's depend on us to be there for them, and we need to be able and ready to give our support in the best way possible.
- Don't overdo it. A sustainable plan involves that which you can continue to perform at least adequately into the foreseeable future. This means don't start out running a mile every day when you weren't running or exercising at all! Use your motivation to schedule time and effort to dedicate to the task, but have patience with yourself. Slow and steady progress will always win out in the long run over jumping in with two feet.
- Involve a friend or loved one, for support, accountability, and even as a partner in your goals. Moral support is an enormous boon, will boost your motivation, and keep you on track even when the going gets tough.
Happy New Year!
~To Your Health~