As we tumble into 2012, we try to use this blank slate and unyielding motivation to set goals for the new year. Some may be easily attainable like getting a new ‘do, while others may be more ambitious like finding your long-lost soul mate. Either way, the year flies by and we’re often left with unfulfilled goals and a pile of excuses. Here are tips to keep your resolutions intact year-round:
Put It In Writing: Avoid reaching the end of the year with forgotten goals. Cement your resolutions on paper–or better yet, on your wall–as a daily reminder to keep pushing.
Share It: It’s easier to make excuses to yourself, so share your resolutions with someone that will hold you accountable. Preferably someone who will smack you each time you falter, but that’s up to you.
Be Realistic: If you’ve never run a race in your life, you won’t run three marathons this year. Set goals that will challenge you, but that aren’t impossible either. That way you won’t be deflated when you can’t finish your first 5-mile run.
Think Short Term: If you’ve set a goal to lose 10 pounds, it’s easy to push that till the end of the year, in which case you’ll be left doing a juice fast in December while everyone else is enjoying a juicy ham. Try setting goals for every quarter of the year–two pounds by March, four pounds by June, etc. It’ll help you keep your eye on the prize and stay healthy in the process.