On January 1 you probably felt very motivated about your long list of resolutions. Whatever your resolutions were, it's been a month, and maybe you've lost that drive. Don't worry, if you let your dedication slide in the first month of 2017, it's not too late to recommit. You’ve still got 11 months to go!
Here's how to recommit, one month into the New Year.
Read Your Resolutions with Fresh Eyes
Do you even remember what your resolutions were? Take another close read at your list without the fog of the holiday season hanging over your head. If you still are committed to following through, put your resolutions in a place you’ll see them often, post it on the refrigerator, on your bathroom mirror, or place it on your nightstand. The more you see those well-thought out resolutions, the more likely you are to keep them top-of-mind in the coming months. Alternatively, when you reread your resolutions, did something seem off? Keep reading below to update your resolutions for success.
Re-Evaluate Your Resolutions
Things change, and that’s okay. Perhaps the goals you set back in December are no longer a focus in your life and it’s important to acknowledge that, accept it, and move on. If your goals have shifted, take a look at why and restructure your resolutions. Even though you’re a month into the new year, you can update your current resolutions or add a new one to the mix.
Cut Yourself Some Slack
Who decided January was the month of change anyways? It’s a tough month! You’re coming off the highs of the holidays, which can make some resolutions extra challenging. After indulging during the holidays, transitioning to healthy eating isn’t easy. Not to mention, the weather has been all over the place and those frigid, snowy and/or rainy mornings aren’t helping anyone reach their running goals. Don’t let a month of struggles cause you to give up. If it is taking you a few extra weeks to get to work, that’s perfectly okay. Think about why you haven’t focused on your goals and then refocus your plan to make the new month extra successful.
Break Down Your Big Resolutions
Back in December saying you were going to read 52 books in 2017 seemed like a good idea. Maybe you’re a bit overwhelmed now, and why wouldn’t you be, that’s a huge goal! Break down those big goals into smaller, more attainable goals that will eventually roll up into that bigger resolution. If your resolution was to start running more, add in one run a week and build up as the months go by. If it’s to cook more, instead of assuming every night will be home-cooked, start with one meal a week.
Create Action Items
Big changes have to start somewhere, and it’s usually with those small action items. Whether it’s finally buying a new pair of running shoes, making it to just one morning workout class or outlining your meal planning chart, those actions will help you hit those resolutions. When you start to feel overwhelmed, look back at each small action item and remember how it relates to your bigger goals.
Remember the Big Picture
If you’re still feeling less-than-motivated, go back to the big picture reasons why you set these resolutions in the first place. Look beyond what the resolutions are and focus on the why. Let this guide you to renewed motivation to make positive changes in your life.
Here’s to a productive and purposeful 11 months ahead in 2017!