Believe it or not, but the new year is upon us!
Sure, you can start writing up a list of New Year’s resolutions to finally learn how to speak French, lose 20 pounds or start reading books at the same rate you, (well, some students) did in high school.
However, studies show that 80% of individuals who establish goals solely for the new year, will most likely fail. Many are unable to adhere to these goals simply due to a poor approach and lack of self-discipline.
Truly, some setbacks are unavoidable and there is no way to go around them when working on new habits. Despite this, there are steps that you can take to ensure that you will keep up with your goals as best as you can.
If you’re looking to adopt a healthier diet for your New Year’s resolution, then you’re in luck since we’ll be illustrating how you can become a resolution master via improving your eating habits.
This will be a piece of cake…as long as you start with the best ingredients.
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The first thing you need when following the recipe to become a better goal setter is: a realistic mindset. Many people are quick to assume that there is a quick fix to their problem and forget that “slow and steady wins the race”.
For example, this holiday season numerous people will experience some weight gain due to parties and gatherings over the course of a couple of weeks. While countless weight loss programs and plans promise the notion of shedding this holiday weight in a short amount of time, a more appropriate method would be to keep in mind that it might take longer.
Instead of looking for immediate results, seek out sustainable and manageable actions that will help you stick to those goals.
When eating healthier, some might think they need to purge their kitchen of unhealthy and processed foods and stock up only on fresh fruits and vegetables. As an alternative, you can first try to introduce more fruits and vegetables into your diet while simply decreasing the amount of processed foods you consume in a day.
Thinking about a diet makeover? Check out our Paleo Meal Plans here to help you figure out which foods you should include on your shopping list for a healthier and happier you.
Build Your Community
Next, our recipe calls for a wholesome group of people who will support you so these goals are lifelong and not just temporary. Social support is key when adopting new habits and establishing new goals and finding a community will greatly increase the likelihood of you following through with goals and aspirations.
This can clearly be illustrated with the concept of someone wanting to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Individuals find themselves unsuccessful when trying to eat healthier especially when they feel that they are alone in this endeavor. Just imagine attempting to incorporate more vegetables into your diet, but all your friends want to do is eat fast food when going out. This is challenging, discouraging and will most likely cause you to not complete your objective of becoming a better version of yourself.
Rather than dumping your friends like a bag of potato chips, find yourself like-minded people who have the same goals and will support your along the way. Social media is a great way to do this and you can find a community on FaceBook or Instagram in a matter of minutes!
Find The Good
Much like following a recipe, the process of pursuing a goal can be messy and sometimes giving up just seems like the better option. The problem with this mindset of only looking forward to the end result without enjoying the means of getting there is that it sets you up to quit sooner.
After creating a goal, it is imperative that you find a way to achieve it through a method that you will enjoy so that completing it doesn’t seem like a chore.
For example, eating healthy should not feel like torture. Conversely, learning how to eat healthier should be fun and keep you inspired. This can be done through learning new recipes, discovering different restaurants and even putting a twist on your favorite meals.
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Know Your Why
The last step in becoming a better goal setter calls for a dash of clarity. When you make a goal, it is often times easier to know what you need to do in order to achieve it, but many forget why they want to do it.
Understanding your “why” is vital when pursuing a goal because it is the motivating force that keeps you going.
First, you need to have a clear and specific goal, which makes it easier for you to visualize your success. If you continue to conceptualize attaining this goal, the more encouraged you will be to pursue it.
For those who want to lose weight or eat healthier, it helps to remind yourself time to time why you want to do it. Maybe it is so you can play more with your kids? Or perhaps you want to enjoy an activity that you used to do when you were younger?
As long as you continuously remind yourself of your “why”, the journey of eating and becoming healthier won’t seem as daunting and you will most likely find that success.
Need a little motivation? Take a look at those from our community who took the leap and were truly happy that they did so.
The (Simple) Formula For Success
There is not one secret recipe when it comes to successfully reaching a goal or New Year’s resolution.
People come from all different walks of life and is it important to remember that not everyone is dealing with the same circumstances.
However, in order to fulfill a goal or aspiration you must keep in mind to work at your own pace, find a supportive group, have fun and remember the main reason you chose that goal in the first place.
Once you are able to get a hold of a majority of these factors, then you will be able to set and stick to goals that will change your life.
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