Set a SMART goal: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. It’s important to determine when the best time to start working towards your resolution is- January isn’t for everyone. Are you still exhausted from the holidays? Give yourself time to recover and properly prepare.
Talk it out. Tell a trusted friend or family member your New Year’s resolution to provide some encouragement and keep you accountable. Better yet, achieve a goal together!
Check-in. Plan out “check-points” along the way to assess how you’re doing and revise the plan, if needed. At the end of each week or month is best.
Take one day at a time. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when looking at the big picture so stay focussed on the here and now. If you get derailed, remember that tomorrow is a new day.
Accept the process. The journey towards achieving health goals can take many different paths- some are straight, some are winding and some even backtrack. This is okay. Be kind to yourself along the way and don’t be afraid to stop and ask for directions.