Fit Tip: Work Your Resolutions Backwards
Do you really think the way to start a sparkling new year is to hammer on yourself to make personal changes? It’s negative, don’t you think? Don’t look at the New Year as an opportunity to be a whole new you, look at it as a time to improve on the already fabulous you. I bet you did some things right in 2013 for your health and fitness, right? Start the year strong by focusing on your 2013 accomplishments and use them to propel you to success in 2014.
Make a list of what you did right. New Year’s Resolutions can inspire change but when they’re negative, your results may be marginal. A more effective New Year’s resolution should focus on what you do right, rather than what you need to do differently in the year ahead. Tell yourself you’re already a winner—not that you always need to change. Take stock. What did you get right in 2013? What were your wins or fitness brags?
Build on your success. How can you do more of that worked for you? What healthy habits should you keep doing in 2014? How can you challenge yourself to take your success to the next level?
Compete with yourself. Maybe you want a new personal record for a 5k, or maybe you want your spin class to be easier because your cardiovascular fitness level has improved. Maybe you want more muscle strength to use heavier free weights? Accelerate your success by competing with yourself this year. Use what you achieved in 2013 to set the benchmarks for what to surpass this year.
Start with the end in mind. This time next year, how do you want to look back at 2014? What accomplishments do you want to be thinking about this time next year? Keep a vision in your mind of how you want to end up at the end of this year and use it as fuel to stay in lock-step with your fitness goals.
Always keep looking forward. If you find yourself not keeping your promises in the New Year or falling into some bad habits, don’t beat yourself up. Positive changes can never be made when you are busy hurling criticisms at yourself inside your head and feeling defeated. Look forward instead. Go for positive over negative and improvement over perfection.
Set yourself up for success this year by using your momentum. Use positive mindset to have a winning year!