New year, new decade, same incredible person.
As you know, our goals are simple. Move for 30 minutes a day, every day, for 21 days. A handful of days in and the struggle is real, so we have put together some tips to help you keep going strong.
1. Create Realistic Goals
Admit it, we all get overly excited in December.
“I’m going to lose 25 pounds”
“I’m going to workout every day!”
“I’m going to save $10,000 this year.”
“I’m going to quit sugar.”
While all fantastic goals, for most people any one of these is equivalent to climbing Mt. Everest. Having a lofty goal is more than okay, in fact, it can be inspirational, but it can also be self-defeating if it is too far out of reach. It is important to create goals that are achievable. Now that we are a few days in, it is more okay to pause, review, and reboot.
We all know how the saying goes, “Failing to plan is planning to fail!”
This could not be more appropriate for our New Year goal setting. Set yourself up each day by planning to succeed. If your goal is to eat healthier, meal plan the day before so you aren’t caught off guard and forced to make a tough decision. If your goal is to read more, set your book out next to your bed, and consider setting an alarm that notifies you when you are 30 minutes before bedtime. If fitness if your goal, joining a new gym, signing up for that fitness class the night before, or even creating a playlist that will take you through your morning workout will all help keep you excited and on track.
3. Track your progress
This is a big one. Visual cues can help us see how far we have come when the going gets tough. Put up a calendar (we recommend a full month) and track the activity you have done for that day in service of your goal. Any step, no matter how big or small, is worth making it on the board. All forward progress counts!
4. Create a rewards system
The fun stuff! We all deserve positive reinforcement when we achieve a milestone, this process is no different. Create milestones along your journey that deserve rewards. Maybe it’s a date night. Or the new pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing. Maybe you’re just being careful to make sure your reward doesn’t derail your progress and set you back!
5. Make your goals public
Accountability. Positive reinforcement. Support. Friends and family are here to support us and lift us up when times get tough, it is important to let them. Tell your circle what your goals are, they will no doubt remind you why you started this journey and reinvigorate your motivation to keep going.