January 2, 2020
The holiday season is often a time of reflection. Where was I a year ago, compared to where I am now? Did I hit the goals I set for the year? What do I want to accomplish in the coming year, and where do I start? Over 40% of Americans set New Year’s resolutions, but only an average of 8% actually achieve them. What is it about New Year’s resolutions that make them so challenging to keep and conquer? Let’s explore a few ways to make these goals we set for ourselves – often in hopes of self-improvement – a bit more realistic to reach.
Too often, we feel like we can achieve so much because a year is a long time! However, when we create a big or complicated goal for ourselves, we become discouraged when we don’t see results right away. By keeping our resolutions simple, we are giving ourselves the chance to fully accomplish them and even surpass them! Don’t go overboard. Pick one or two things that you would like to accomplish and keep it simple. For example, let’s say you want to lose weight. Figure out a healthy and attainable amount to lose, instead of saying “I want to lose 100 pounds and go to the gym 5 times a week,” when that probably isn’t very realistic. A great, simple resolution would be coming to one more group class a week, or having one extra lesson a month to improve your dancing, memory, and have fun!
A common thing to say when making New Year’s resolutions is a vague statement of what you want. Back to the above example, “I want to lose weight” is not likely to get you very far. Instead, determine what a realistic amount to lose is for you, and come up with a plan that you will be able to stick to. Compare these goals – “I want to lose weight,” and “I want to lose twenty-five pounds over the next year, which is just half a pound a week, by cutting down my calories and starting with a light workout three times a week.” (Hint hint – three group classes a week would be perfect!) The second statement is much more attainable! Again, one more group class, or one extra lesson, are both measurable and attainable.
Find a few people close to you that will help push you to stick to your new lifestyle! Share your goals with these people so they can motivate you to get your workout in, give some healthy new recipes, and maybe even try something new with you to help you hit your goals! (Hint hint – bring friends to come dance with you!) Your fellow dancers as well as your staff are a great place to start for support!
So whatever resolution you decide to make this year, remember to keep them simple, specific, and have a support system and then you will be on your way to successfully reaching your goals!