By Wendy Castellanos
Maybe it’s the overindulgence of sweet treats and expensive gifts that the holidays bring, but many of us set high expectations to achieve resolutions in January only to have completely forgotten about them by March.
Here are tips to get your resolutions back in check:
1. Take a look at the size of your resolution
Did you commit to something so large it’s nearly impossible to achieve this year? Smaller goals are easier to achieve and you just might surprise yourself by surpassing your goal if you break it down to bite-sized pieces. For example, instead of saying you’ll put an extra $1,000 into savings, say that you’ll save an extra $100 a month. $100 is much easier to save than $1,000. By breaking it down you might realize that it was too lofty of a goal in the first place and make changes to be able to make it work.
2. Be honest with yourself
If your resolution isn’t realistic, it’s okay to modify it. Think about how you will change course without completely abandoning your resolution and make sure it’s realistic. For example, going to the gym every day is unrealistic so consider modifying your resolution to go to the gym every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
3. Include friends and family
What better way to hold yourself accountable than to clue your friends and family in on your goal? If your family knows that your goal is to eat healthier, they’ll be less likely to tempt you with unhealthy treats. Using social media for encouragement and support can also be great if you have a supportive group of friends/followers. Maybe your enthusiasm for achieving your resolution will rub off on them and they’ll take part in your goal!
4. Keep track of your progress
Make a plan for how you will achieve your resolution and stick to it. If your goal was to lose 5 pounds a month, keep track of your weight every month. Remember, it’s okay if it fluctuates. Maybe one month you lost 8 pounds while you only lost 4 the month before. Keep track so you can see the big picture of how you’re reaching your goal.
5. Reward yourself
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” We’ve heard this proverb many times. When it comes to resolutions, it’s important to remember that no one is perfect. Take it easy on yourself and reward yourself for a job well done.
“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.” - Frank Clark
And if all else fails, try again. If you got off track, it’s perfectly fine to restart your resolution as long as you acknowledge and learn from what got you off track in the first place. Consider using the SMART Goal form to put your resolution to paper.
Tell us, how are you reviving your resolutions?
Wendy Castellanos is the VP of Communications for AMIGA. She lives in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where she is a proud wife to her husband, Eli, and a proud mom to her son, Max Elliott. She is passionate about immigration reform and enjoys spending time with her families in Seattle, WA and Mexico City, Mexico.