Hey, maybe don’t give up this time, okay?
It’s STILL cold. It’s STILL dark out when you wake up to workout, or after work when you were going to go to the gym. You’re tired. The intense motivation and drive you felt one month ago has dwindled to a dull pang. Now is when you (and everyone else) give up on your New Year’s Resolutions. BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO. You can keep going… you can re-motivate yourself… you can accomplish your goals… here’s how:
Do it for One. More. Day.
The CEO of Instagram has a trick for beating procrastination: whatever it is you keep putting off, commit to doing it for just 5 minutes. By the time you’ve hit 5 minutes, you’ll end up finishing whatever it was. Take this concept and apply it to your resolution. Tell yourself you just have to do it for one more day, and then tell yourself that every day. If you made a workout goal and you don’t want to get off your butt, commit to working out for 5 minutes, or 10. Once you get started, you’ll end up finishing. And then, you know, just do that for the rest of the year. Just kidding — I have more tips for you.
Adjust your WHY
Your “why” is the reason behind your resolution; it’s what motivated you to set a goal and start working toward it. If your why was superficial, half-assed, or just not good enough, you are probably about to give up right now. Can’t seem to find that fire you had at the end of December? Adjust your why. Make it personal. Make it real. Make it worth your while. When your why is strong, you can do anything.
Maybe you haven’t reached your goal yet, — maybe you don’t even see any progress at all yet — but if you’ve been consistently working toward your goal for a month already, you deserve a reward! TREAT YO’SELF. It doesn’t have to be big, or expensive, or derail your progress, it just has to make you feel good about what you’ve done so far, so you are inspired to keep going. Go get yourself somethin’ pretty — you earned it.
And if all else fails…
Re-Evaluate Your Resolution
Did you make a resolution because someone else pressured you to? Or because you think you should, but you don’t really want to? Then no matter what you try, you’re probably going to fail. Resolutions have to come from the heart. If you’re not 100% into it, that will show in everything you do. You’ll make excuses. You’ll cut yourself slack over and over and over. You’ll move backwards. Take any goal you made for someone besides yourself and KILL IT. Do something for yourself because YOU want to, then you’ll succeed.
Time to Decide
Are you going to be part of the 80% who give up on their resolutions by the second week of February? Or are you going to re-adjust and kick ass for the next 10 months? Personally I’m a big fan of kicking ass … just saying.