Year after year, we make New Year’s Resolutions but how many of us follow through until we achieve our goals? There are many reasons why our New Year’s Resolutions fizzle out by Valentine’s Day; one is making unrealistic goals, too many goals, or not specific enough goals just to name a few.
To help us move forward and set goals that truly reflect what we want and can be measured, we need to start with reflecting on the past year. A reflection or review is an integral part to help us move forward in life. No one can predict or control the future, but we can certainly control our thoughts and take consistent actions.
To help you reflect on your year, here are some questions to ponder and to write down in your journal.
- What was the single biggest challenge I overcame?
- What were my most memorable moments?
- What were the best things that I learned that move me forward in my health, finances, and personal relationship?
- What was I most grateful for and why?
- What were the things I took for granted?
- What is one thing I changed in my lifestyle that improve my health physically and mentally?
- What is one barrier that I had to overcome to prioritize my health if any?
- Who was in my tribe that supported me during a time of need?
- What was my goal this past year and did I achieve it?If yes, list them. If not, why not?
- Did I do anything to prioritize my health and wellbeing daily?If so, please list them.
These are some questions to help you get started on reflecting on the past year for you to approach the new year with excitement and a concrete plan of action.
Here are some tips to help you increase and maintain your new year resolution:
- Set S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) goals – think of WHY you want to make the changes and why is the change is IMPORTANT to you? Is it for health? Energy? Feeling good? Movement without discomfort? Playing more with your children or grandchildren?
- Put in place an accountability system – find your tribe to keep you accountable, kick start with a challenge and join teams of like-minded individuals. The best place to start is to join our Team Tone Up Challenge on January 24th, 2022. Click here to learn more about our 12 week challenge https://bit.ly/3z6TUUw
- Have a support system in place – tell your loved ones of your plan and suggested for them to join you as well. There is always something magical about doing it together with friends and family which is exactly why we created Team Tone Up Challenge in the first place.
- Consistency – always remember it can take 30 to 90 days to form a new habit, so the key is patience and consistency.
Remember, you are worth it, prioritize yourself, because you deserve the results you desire. May this year be YOUR year.
Sosan Hau, RD, CDE
TLS Director of Training