Resolve to Be the Best You: 2 Tips for Keeping that Resolution

by Noelle Reinhold 1/5/2016 11:59 AM

It’s that time of year again when gym membership sales are skyrocketing, diet plans are in demand and people have a super-human sense of what they will accomplish in the coming months.

While setting goals and being ambitious is part of making New Year resolutions, it is just as important to be “realistic” and “ready.” These two adjectives pack some powerful truths that will go a long way towards helping you become the best form of yourself as you journey through 2016.

  1. Be Realistic

    Change is not likely to happen overnight, so don’t get down when an addiction isn’t kicked in a matter of minutes or the fat doesn’t just fall off after one spin class. Change is an investment and investments take time. Some experts claim that it takes 21 days to form a habit, others admit it can take anywhere from two to eight months to build a new behavior. So, if you are working to integrate healthier habits or break bad ones, don’t fret so much about the timeframe and instead focus on being consistent.

  2. Be Ready

    Wanting and doing are two very different words. If you want to reach your goals, you’ve got to take action. Change requires discipline, a positive mindset and a willingness to work. If the journey was an easy one, you would have already arrived. Setbacks, hiccups and hard days are to be expected. Stay committed to chartering the course. Put one foot in front of the other, and gradually progress.

Consider these wise words of encouragement from motivational speaker Tony Robbins: “For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent.”

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