To be successful in 2020 take a larger health goal and break it down into smaller segments. For e.g. Instead of ‘I want to lose 30 pounds,’ break it down into ‘I want to lose five pounds in January. I will do this by cutting out a portion of my soda consumption,’ and add walking for two miles, three times per week.
By making those larger goals smaller and more specific, you are much more likely to stick to your plan.
Focus on the Positive
The most important thing to remember when setting a list of goals at any point during the year is to pay attention to the items that you cross off, whether that number is one or 20. Focus on the positive.
Remember that it’s a Marathon…not a Sprint
(Although if you are looking to physically run 26 miles, start with this beginner 18-week training plan.) “It’s important to realize that change takes time—it takes, on average, 66 days to instill a new habit,” says Manly. “Change is not about being perfect; it’s about making small, steady changes that ultimately bring joy.”
Tie Up with a Partner
Setting these goals with a friend or family member can help keep you accountable, especially when it comes to working out.
Hang On to Your Goals
Your list of resolutions, that is. Hanging a hard copy somewhere you’ll frequently see it (e.g. bathroom mirror) can also help keep you on track.
While it’s easy to get wrapped up in what you might be doing wrong, pay more emphasis on the importance of doing the opposite. It’s far more effective to give plenty of self-reinforcement for the small changes that are being made.
As you make headway on each goal, take a second to focus on the accomplishment and how good it feels to cross that item off your list.