15 Ways to Re-Launch Your New Year’s Resolutions from 15 Ways to Re-Launch Your New Year’s Resolutions

15 Ways to Re-Launch Your New Year’s Resolutions

Don’t get discouraged; you’re not the only person out there who’s already given up on their resolutions. It’s understandable, especially considering the stresses of the holidays and the pressure to get back on track with your daily routine.

There are many reasons New Year’s resolutions fail. Maybe you didn’t organize your time efficiently; you set unrealistic goals; or you didn’t anticipate problems and plan for setbacks. Regardless to what your reason is, by reading this story you have made a step in the right direction.

Having the right mindset — positive and motivated — is what got you here. Instead of just forfeiting altogether, you decided to start fresh, re-launch your resolutions and reset your goals.

Break Goals Down Into Smaller, Short-Term Goals

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“If your resolutions are long-term goals for the entire year, try breaking these down into shorter-term goals (1 month) to keep motivation levels high,” says Michelle Roots, owner and personal trainer at CORE Conditioning.

Build a Team of Support

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“Start to talk to people about your goals,” Roots says.” Build a team of people who will support you and hold you accountable to these goals.” Tell them your goals and deadlines, and then report back to them with your progress. This will help keep you motivated and on track.

Write Them Down

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Roots says “if you haven't yet, write your goals down and put them somewhere that you will see them every day.” Having tangible reminders can help keep you on track, says Tara Linitz, nutrition manager at EatLove. “If you’ve planned your meals for the week, EatLove will send you daily reminders of what you’ve scheduled to help keep you on track.”

Create a List of Rewards

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Make a list of things you really want and then create a list of things you have to accomplish before you can attain them, Roots says. Rewarding yourself gives you something to look forward to and acts as motivation toward achieving your goals.

Swap “Number Goals” for “Habit Goals”

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“If one of your goals is to lose 10 pounds, switch that goal into a ‘habit-based goal’ that will in the end help you lose that 10 pounds,” Roots explains. “For example, set the goal that you are going to exercise four days per week for the next four weeks. This is a healthy habit that will potentially results in weight loss.”

Be Specific

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Set SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely, Linitz says. Instead of saying “eat more vegetables,” let’s break it down; how are you going to eat more vegetables? Try something like “starting with dinner, three times per week, I’m going to fill half my plate with non-starchy veggies,” she adds. Make sure that your goals are very specific, well-defined, and focused, Roots says. Vague goals provide insufficient direction.

Don't Quit If You Slip Up

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“If your goal is to drink two liters of water each day and you don't get that amount in one day, do not just give up and quit,” Roots says. “Embrace failure, get over it, and start fresh the next day.”

Create a Progress Check-In Date

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“If you give yourself specific timelines to work toward, it will help keep you motivated along the journey,” Roots says. You will feel amazing once you start to see results; this, in turn, will encourage you to work harder and you will find yourself more driven toward accomplishing your goals.

Share Your Goals on Social Media

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“Sharing your goals on social media and tracking your progress on social media will help increase accountability because you now have all your friends and followers watching your journey,” Roots says.

Seek Help If You Need It

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It’s OK to ask for help if you’re having trouble. Sometimes we need someone to advise us and push us in the right direction. “Don't try and do it alone, seek help to reach your goal if you need it,” Roots says.

Make Changes Gradual

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“Whatever your goals might be, make sure to make your lifestyle changes gradual,” Roots says. “This will create long term success because you will be able to ease into them and stick to changes for a longer period of time.”

Imagine You Have Already Succeeded

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A positive mindset is key to re-launching your resolutions. “Think about how good you will feel when you reach your goal,” Roots says. “Channel that feeling and use it as motivation to keep working hard to stay on track.”

Talk About Struggles or Strategies With Friends and Family

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Your friends and family are your biggest support systems. “If you are struggling do not keep it to yourself, discuss difficulties and new strategies with friends and family,” Roots says.

Use Sunday's for Revision

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Make it a point to sit down every Sunday night and re-visit your goals, Roots says. “Review how you did the past week to work towards that goal, then create a plan of action for the week to come.”

Less Talk More Action

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“Don't talk about it, just do it,” says Roots. “Continuing to talk about your goals and then not do anything to work towards it will only frustrate you and those around you.” If you are going to talk about it, make sure that you are ready to work towards it, she adds.

15 Ways to Re-Launch Your New Year’s Resolutions