It’s the first week of the year, and most of us have probably made our list of New Year’s Resolutions and are well on our way through the first week in achieving our goals.
It’s great to be highly motivated throughout the first week, but how do we keep that motivation going throughout the entire year?
Well, this year I am making sure that I’m staying motivated to get through my resolutions by coming up with a strategy that turns my resolutions into habits and maintaining them by incorporating them into my routine.
It’s said that it takes fourteen days to form a habit so if that is true, then making sure reaching our New Year’s Resolutions shouldn’t be any different.
But to really form a habit or goal and keep it maintained, we need to have the right mentality.
Don’t just see your resolution as well, a resolution!
If you take your resolution and make it be a part of who you now are, well you’ll most likely stay motivated to keep up the good work!
For example, if you want to eat healthier this year, then don’t just make it another thing to cross off your list. There’s a small difference between “This year I am eating healthier” and “This year I will eat healthier.” but that small difference can make a huge difference in your motivation.
If you see your goal as something you are going to achieve instead of something you are already achieving then your motivation will quickly fade, but if you take your resolution and make it be a part of who you now are, well you’ll most likely stay motivated to keep up the good work!
One of my New Year’s Resolutions this year is to step out of my comfort zone. Instead of doing one thing that is out of my comfort zone, cross it off my list, and quickly forget about it, I’m making sure that I’m incorporating this into my character and my habits this year.
Another way to maintain motivation is to realistically challenge yourself. For instance, If your goal is to do 200 Jumping Jacks per day but you haven’t worked out in a while, you may not be able to do those 200 Jumping Jacks on the first day or even week, so you may get tired and give up.
My advice, gradually work your way there. Start with 25 or 50 Jumping Jacks per day and throughout the weeks increase a bit more until you can reach 200.
And that is how you should assess most of your resolutions as well! If you realistically assess yourself and put in the effort, you’ll not only reach your goals but you’ll maintain them!
If you haven’t made your list yet or if you’re looking for more to add, here are a few Resolutions you could incorporate into your list:
Staying Healthy and Fit
This year may be the year you begin to stay fit or maintain your fitness goals! As well as begin eating healthy or maintain your healthy eating habits! I actually started to incorporate staying healthy and fit into my daily routine last year and it really was a life changer! If you need some extra motivation in staying healthy and fit check out my secret to maintaining this goal in my article “What’s up with all this Health Talk? And How it Changed My Life”
Maintain An Up-to-Date Wardrobe
Towards the end of 2018, I went through my wardrobe and was in shock at how many things I had that I really wasn’t wearing anymore! So I made a major clean-up in my wardrobe, donated some pieces, and now my goal this year is to completely renovate my wardrobe! If you’re looking to do the same, check out my article “How I’m Shopping in 2019” here on The Honey Bulb!
Learn or Create New Recipes
One of the things I love is creating a recipe that tastes amazing and sharing that recipe with my friends and family! This year I’m definitely going to try to new recipes, especially some healthy options to incorporate into my diet!
Read and Study The Bible
One thing I love about being a Christian is that God gave us His Word to read and study and incorporate into our daily lives. In the book of Daniel, we read that Daniel prayed to God three times a day! That is amazing! And he was considered a wise man for his time and God blessed Him greatly. In Jeremiah 33:3, God declares “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you don’t know.” When I come into the presence of God with my praise and prayers I am reminded that God speaks and when I tune my ears to listen, then He will truly teach me all He needs me to know!
This year I am keeping my New Year’s Resolutions in my prayers because I know that even though I may have the right perspective, with God’s help I know “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13.