Consider the millions of Americans who made New Year’s resolutions in January. It’s safe to say that thousands – if not tens of thousands – have already given up or failed at their goals. Studies reveal an alarming majority of goals go unmet. Things can go awry for many reasons, but a common thread among botched goals whether related to health, fitness, finances, personal growth, etc. is the short-sightedness of the person setting them. The most transformative goals will come about by making lasting lifestyle changes.
4 Health & Fitness Lifestyle Changes To Make This Year
Goals related to health must be specific to your own physical needs. It’s not enough to say “I want to lose weight.” Your health needs may be lowering cholesterol, or blood sugar levels, reducing symptoms of anxiety, treating depression or wanting to lose fat and gain muscle. Whatever the goal, be specific and apply these lifestyle changes for a far better chance of reaching it.
Replace versus Eliminate – a quick way to stumble on your way to your health goals is to cut something ‘bad’ and not have a ‘good’ equivalent ready to replace it. For instance, if you have decided to eliminate cow’s milk, explore alternatives (i.e. almond, cashew, soy, or coconut milks) until you find one right for you. Too many limitations will be restrictive and punishing.
Create Variety – switching things up will keep goals interesting and motivating. If you work out at the gym, consider trying a new class or take your exercise outdoors. Change up the fruits and vegetables you buy each week. Gradually pushing yourself out of a comfort zone can introduce you to new passions and new friends who live the lifestyle you’re trying to create.
Support System – it has been proven that support inspires success. If you don’t have a partner or close friend working toward the same goals (or at least cheering you on), find support! There is a myriad of social apps geared toward just that with like minded people sharing frustrations and encouragement. Outside of the digital world, connect with people wherever you find them – clubs, teams, groups, cooking classes, etc.
Remove Temptation – seriously consider your biggest weaknesses, the ones that derail your best efforts… now eliminate the temptation! Do you stress-binge on cookie dough? Toss your refined flour and sugar. Does your gym time get taken by social media surfing? Delete the apps.
3 Ways To Experience Personal Growth & Financial Gains
Typically, the new year brings to mind resolutions focused on physical appearance, but an increasing number of people are setting out to remodel their inner-self or change their quality of life. Goals in this arena can be more abstract (“I want to be a better person”), but if you want to measure your success, be specific about what you want to achieve and consider these lifestyle changes.
Track your progress – in matters of personal improvements, journaling is key. This doesn’t limit you to pen and paper with, “Dear Diary…” Instead, find what works for you – that may be a sketch book or one of many amazing online journaling tools. If tracking your finances seems daunting, find something that helps you budget, meet goals, and save. Try a top budgeting app (like Mint, PocketGuard, Wally, GoodBudget, etc.) or explore what your bank offers.
Simplify – setting out to achieve big results (finding happiness, confidence or self-sufficiency for instance) will mean letting go of the small things. Take steps to simplify your life wherever you can. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can make progress when trivial things are set aside.
Professional Help – especially if your goal is something you have struggled to achieve for years, don’t hesitate to get professional help! An empathetic therapist or clever CPA would be well worth the investment if it allows you stick to your goals and create the life you want.