It’s August! That means we are well over halfway through the year (eeek!) and nearing the end of summer during which, let’s be honest, we’ve probably slacked a bit on our diligent routines in favor of some extra pool time, a vacation, or just the simple dislike of sweltering in this heat. Think for a moment. Are you still sticking to your resolution you made 7 (!?!) months ago? Do you even remember what it was?
If you do remember, maybe you also remember that we kicked BE. off with the idea of resolutions for a new, healthier, best version of YOU. And we suggested doing that in small, measurable and, hopefully, sustainable steps. That being said, in sitting down to write this article I couldn’t recall half of my personal mini-resolutions and, in looking back, I’d say I’ve been successful in completing (and still doing) two out of my first seven changes. I’m maybe 50/50 on another two or three, but one month I completely failed at even attempting, let alone incorporating 20 crunches a day (my April change) into my daily routine. Not horrible, but far from stellar.
The good news is we have less of the year looming. This means we have a shorter amount of time we have to wrap our minds around doing something routinely. Obviously, we want to continue our healthy habits into the New Year, but it’s okay to trick your brain by not telling it that just yet!
So as we go into the last 40% of this year, how can we refocus our energies and get back on track?
1. Create It
Usually the hardest battle is finding the time to devote to your improvement. Think creatively. Workouts don’t have to be in 30 minute intervals. You can walk five minutes, do some squats in the grocery aisle (you might get weird looks, but hey it could work). You can clean one small square foot or appliance at a time or meditate for a few minutes here and there. The key is to use the time you have rather than lamenting the time you don’t.
2. Reward It
Every time you save that $10 or complete the day’s workout, give yourself a gold star. Rewards aren’t just for kids. Establish ahead of time how many stars you need to earn the reward you’re craving. Do two stars equal that froy-o? Will 20 get you that coveted purse? If you have a goal in mind that is more than just succeeding at the resolution, then you’re more apt to find success!
3. Blog It
Jot down the day’s successes. Whether you share a lengthy play-by-play for your followers, journal about your progress for your eyes only, or even just put a couple bullet points on a stray receipt, seeing a list of your progress, achievements and successes with help build euphoria for a job well done!
4. Accept It
Even the journeys with the best laid routes rarely go 100% as planned. If you take a step back for every two forward, or can’t seem to get from point A to point B without a small side detour, that’s okay! Any bit of progress counts and if you don’t have the momentum for your progress to be a straight line directly to your goal, don’t beat yourself up. The zig-zag is in!
5. Review It
Look back at previous successes (every little one counts). What helped you succeed? Whether it was because your schedule was lighter or you had a friend challenging you, take note of what helped fuel your drive. Figuring out what helps will not only make sticking to your resolutions easier it will motivate you to tweak your behavior and make your changes. So, decide what works then, Repeat It!
What are your pitfalls or helpful hints for making a resolution or change stick? Please share!