Resolution Tips and Tricks to Ready for the 2022 on the Suncoast

It’s that time of year again when we face the holidays and the end of another year. New Year’s resolutions are dreaded conversations that many people like to undertake. Unfortunately, statistics show that only a slim few will follow through on the goals to lose massive amounts of weight, start a new career, or other lofty ambitions they state for a new year. Maybe it is time to take this moment of reflection and think of contemplating the new year with smaller, attainable, and measurable goals that will not be a burden hanging overhead but something for which you wish to reach in the new year.

Focus on One Resolution at a Time

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Achieving even one small goal can boost your belief in yourself. For larger goals, consider breaking them apart into manageable resolution lists to work on one at a time. The American Psychological Association (APA) also suggests focusing on just one behavior at a time is more likely to lead to long-term success. Taking on too much all at once can be daunting. It can be particularly difficult because establishing new behavioral patterns takes time and sustained effort. Focusing yourself on one specific goal makes keeping a resolution much more achievable. 

Outline Your Plan

Sewing a dress without a pattern isn’t going to yield the best results, and neither will basic life choices on half-formed and half-thought-out ideas. Instituting changes includes making plans about how you will deal with the temptation to skip an exercise class or to have one more cigarette, for instance. This could include calling on a friend for help, practicing positive thinking and self-talk, or reminders about how lifestyle choices can affect overall health. Being prepared in all aspects of life is critical, so when planning a new resolution have a thoughtful path to achieving that resolution documented.

Learn from the past. 

Any time you fail to make a change, consider it a step toward your goal. Why? Because each sincere attempt represents a lesson learned. When you hit a snag, take a moment to think about what did and didn’t work. Maybe you took on too big a challenge? If so, scale back to a less ambitious challenge, or break the big one into tinier steps. If nailing down 30 consecutive minutes to exercise never seems to work on busy days, break that down by aiming for three 10-minute walks — one before work, one during lunch, one after work — or a 20-minute walk at lunch plus a 10-minute mix of marching, stair climbing, and jumping rope or similar activities slipped into your TV schedule.


Write Your Resolution Down

It might seem silly, but writing down your goals can actually cement them in a different way. Not only will it help you clarify what you really want, but it will also ensure you don’t forget them. Down the line, it can also be a reminder of progress made!

Share the Resolution with Others

When you share your resolution with your friends and family they can act as a great source of motivation for you. This will come in handy when you are in a slump and need a boost to keep going. For example, by telling your friends about your resolution to learn the guitar they can keep you motivated by suggesting songs that you should learn, giving you helpful tips or just encouraging you to keep playing!

Visualizing Can Help

Are you one of those people who need an effective reminder of who you want to become? Visual aids will help you visualize your goal and achieve it more easily. Create a vision board of all of your resolutions so that you can take a look at them every day. It will be a powerful reminder of what you promised you’d do in the year ahead. On top of that, it will drive you forward, help you monitor your progress, and help you stick to your resolutions.

Fail and Try Again

It’s super important to recognize that. It’s okay to fail. What’s important is what you do next. If you get caught in a downwards spiral because you missed the gym a few times this week, then you’ll just never go back. Instead, you need to think about why you failed, forgive yourself, and keep going. If your resolutions are really too hard, reassess them and make them more achievable.

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Celebrate Wins

It’s important to celebrate your wins. When establishing your exercise goals, write down the reward you’ll get once you attain that goal. But simplify your goals in the process and create markers of accomplishment. For example, instead of saying you’ll celebrate when you lose 20 lbs., which could take months, set goals like consistently working out 3x a week. Then celebrate at the end of the week or two weeks. These wins will keep you motivated. Ideas to celebrate: treat yourself to a massage or a movie night.

This critical turning point of an old year into a new one should cause all of us to pause, contemplate and consider what we want for next year. What small stepping stones can you put your foot upon this year toward larger lifetime dreams? Make everything attainable with a plan and a support network to buoy you to that next big thing in life. Don’t let your New Year’s resolutions immobilize you with fear and a sense of failure before you even start toward them. Rather, let this be a fresh slate with which you start writing the chapter of your life titled 2022.

What are your goals for the New Year, Suncoast?

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