New Year – New You: Five Tips To Succeed at Your New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year From Venus Bodywork!

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With the holiday revelry coming to a close, our thoughts inevitably turn to getting the new year off on the best foot possible and usually that means making some promises to ourselves about the things we plan to start or stop doing, and the changes we’d like to see in the coming year.

Statistics show that 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions each year, yet only 8% of the people who make resolutions will succeed at them. Whether you will be part of the successful 8% or the 92% that doesn’t meet their goals often depends on commitment to your goals, planning, and some other factors.

To improve your chance of succeeding at the goals you set for yourself, Venus Bodywork offers some tips:

  1. Be Realistic. Your goals should be ones you can actually achieve. If you are a person with a sweet tooth who usually has sweets every day, setting the goal of eating NO sugar probably won’t work. A more realistic goal might be simply to eat less of it. Having dessert only once or twice a week would allow you to still have the things you enjoy, but still have the advantage of reducing the harmful effects of excessive sugar intake, and make it more of a treat or a reward for your hard work. By keeping things manageable and realistic, you increase your odds of success.
  2. Be Specific. Vague goals are hard to reach because it is hard to know when you’ve succeeded if success is undefined. So rather than saying you want to lose weight in 2015, if you say you want to lose 5 pounds by the end of January, you will have a better chance of success because you have made the goal an attainable and measurable one.
  3. Make It Public. Sharing your goals with others gives you accountability and helps you feel more committed to the goals you set. Often, when you share your goals with others, they in turn will share with you. If this happens, offer to be accountability partners – an accountability partner helps to keep you committed to your goals when challenges arise.
  4. Make a Plan. With a specific goal, it’s easy to make a plan by breaking it down to steps needed for success. For instance, if your goal is to lose 5 pounds by the end of January, the next step is to break that down to weekly and daily goals. 5 pounds a month would equate to a pound or two a week, which can then be broken down to daily goals. If your goal is to save $1000 a month, you need to understand what you are spending now and where you can cut back – a budget would be a great place to start – so that you can use this information to meet your goal. What are the daily and weekly changes that you can make to meet your monthly goals?
  5. Track Your Progress – With your long term and short term goals in place, it’s easier to keep track of how you are progressing. It’s also easier to get back on track if you fall off the wagon. Setting weekly goals helps you see your progress over time. It’s true that 1 pound a week doesn’t sound like much but as you track your progress over a month or two, you will see that small changes really can add up to big differences over time.

Bonus Tip: Stick With It! Experts say it takes 21 days for any changes you make to become a habit, and 6 months for it to become part of your personality. The key to success is to stick with the changes you make so that you can see them bear fruit.

Following tips like these leads to a success rate 10 times higher than when the goals are kept private or are too vague. So go ahead – make a plan for a new you this year. And if your plans include taking more time for yourself or paying more attention to your health and fitness, Venus Bodywork is here to help you reach your goals!

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