Saturday, January 6, 2018

2 Ways to Stick to Your New Years Resolution (Or Any Resolution).

First off I would like to start by saying, everyone has made a resolution that they haven't kept.  Whether it be on New Years or sometime in the middle of the year it can be hard to force change upon ourselves.

A little backstory about me: I am just like you, I have made resolutions in the past that I have failed to really go "all in" on and I ended up actually worse off than I was when I started.  That is because I didn't follow the advice I am going to lay out for you here today.

We really have to think of it as a lifestyle change and not a resolution.  If you really want to grow you have to think long term.  And this is what leads to my first tip to stick to your New Years resolution.

1) Baby step it.

The problem so many people have when starting a resolution, is that they either go all out or only give 10%.  Once they don't see results fast enough they give up and go back into old habits.

But with anything that is great, it will take time to build, whether that be the body you want or the lifestyle in general that you want.

Baby steps will help you ease into your resolution (lifestyle change) and build the momentum to make what you should be doing into a habit that you are doing.

For me in the past I would give it my all or 10% and wonder why I didn't see results on day one.  How ridiculous right?  We live in a world of instant gratification, with fast food everywhere, and texts on our phone that we could check every 20 seconds if we wanted to.  But you can't be thinking things will happen instantly.  You won't lose weight just by eating one salad if you keep your old habits of eating junk the rest of the day and eating in a calorie surplus.

Baby stepping it is crucial for any major change.  At first you may only be giving 10% just tot ease into the new habit.  For me and losing my 25 pounds of fat, it took a year or 2.  I didn't eat completely healthy right away, but I started to implement foods into my diet that were better for me than what I was already eating.  I also slowly started to drink water more and more.

2018 New Years ResolutionBut this change didn't just happen over night.  I am eating healthier foods today than I was a year ago, but there is still so much more that I can still implement slowly into my diet to be even healthier.

So if your goal is to lose 100 pounds, or to buy your dream car or house, what are some ways you can start to build momentum on that?

2)  Don't get discouraged

This really goes hand-in-hand with baby stepping a new habit into your life, but its important.  Think about it, if you are constantly discouraged that things don't happen fast enough you will start to get discouraged and give up.

There should be a  good amount of work and sweat you put in, nothing great comes for free or just happens but also enjoy they process, enjoy that work you put into your life.  It may take some time, even weeks or month for you to feel encouraged to do something.

It was not easy for me to feel encouraged to go to the gym and gain muscle being one of the smallest guys in the gym.  Over the past year it has been a lot of fun, but I really started to get encouraged over the past couple months because I am seeing my muscles explode more and more each day.  It took lots of momentum and baby stepping each and every day to get to this point I am at now but I am happy I wasn't discouraged for those 10-11 months because now I am more muscular than I have ever been in my life.

My biggest tip here is to focus on the end goal, and what you do want.  So for the example I keep talking about, losing 100 pounds.  If you focus on how you are 100 pounds over weight right now, I can assure you that you will be 110 pounds overweight next year because you will get discouraged.  On the flip side if you focus on the "I am 100 pounds overweight right now, but what will I look like when I drop 30 pounds this year" mentality you will focus on the goal instead of the hurdle that is holding you back.

Another way to be encouraged to get your dream body (or whatever your goal is) is to surround yourself with people who are where you want to be.  Whether they are in person, on Youtube, have a course, or wrote a book, by surrounding yourself with these people it will help you raise your standards (a lesson from Tony Robbins, you can watch this video below to go deeper on it).

Right now if you are around people who gave up on their resolutions/goals you are likely to give up on yours as well.  So for encouragement get around these people that are ahead of you, learn from them and set new standard for what you allow from yourself.  An easy mindset is "what would my mentor do in this situation?"

Closing thoughts.

I hope this was a huge help to you starting your resolution. Comment down below what your goals and resolutions are, I would love to hear from your and offer my help the best I can along the way.

Make the best of today,

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