Are you falling off the wagon? Whether it’s a “New Year’s Resolution”, a “Weight Loss Diet”, or a “Fitness Program,” you are not alone. Do you want to get back on track and reach your goal? If you are serious about it, you can do it. Here are 10 ways to help you reconnect with your New Year’s Resolution or health program, and gain your momentum back.
1. Believe in yourself. It’s about your mindset. Attitude is small thing that makes a big difference. You have your goal, and you can achieve it. Remember it’s a journey, and set-backs are just challenges along the way. The main thing is, don’t give up. As a Japanese proverb says, “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” All you have to do now is to get back up, dust yourself off, and move forward again.
2. Acknowledge your setbacks, and realize it’s normal. Don’t feel bad or practice self-sabotage, and don’t use excuses either, because none of them help. Laugh at yourself, or at me. Hey, I fell off from my blog wagon! Now I’m back on it, typing away.
3. Re-visit and revise your written goal. First, a written goal is a must. It’s so simple and has proven to be so powerful. A goal without being written is simply a wish. If you have written it, great! But don’t forget, you’re not writing it on a stone tablet. Re-examine your goal to see if it is realistic and the steps toward it attainable. If not, revise it.
4. Take action. Start today. Starting is not always easy, but in the end, your actions will be rewarded. Just by driving to the gym you will be more likely to hop on that treadmill; one step will lead to more, and you’ll feel great as your brain releases endorphins. Just remember: Small steps count, even if it’s just a walk to the local grocery store or around the neighborhood. Movement brings joy.
5. Dig for the causes of falling off, target it with solutions. What exactly holds you back? Time? Overloaded work? Boredom? Laziness? Be honest with yourself, be reasonable, and take responsibility.
6. Set a time for it, no matter how long or how short, whenever it is. By scheduling time, you make it priority. Then meet your “appointment”. This is not only about self-discipline but also a solution to “finding time.” By not having a schedule, it’s easier to fall into the excuse-trap of “I have no time for it”? No time for your goal? Well, squeeze 10 minutes, if not more, from your daily life.
7. Make a switch, change your routines. Sometimes people stop or get stuck simply because of boredom or repetition, or worse, lack of progress. A change can bring excitement, momentum, and even results. Challenge yourself to do something completely different.
8. Have fun! If you dread the idea of working in the gym or eating something you aren’t enjoying, just don’t do it. Create a variety of ways to achieve your goal, whether it’s diet or exercise. You’ll be amazed with the results. For example, try a new recipe, do 5 minutes of squat-jumps, or put on some energetic music to cheer you up while exercising. Alternatively, learn something new.
9. Find connections, get support. Whether it’s a family member or friend, a fitness buddy, a club, or online resources (forums, blogs, favorite sites), you have someone to share experience and get inspiration. At least, you have me here on your journey.
10. Reward yourself. Give yourself a pat on the back or a treat for the progress you make.
In closing, by practicing any of these 10 strategies, you can keep moving forward and achieve your goal!
What else would you add to the list to share your experience and help others?
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