2014 is here, and as many of have probably already started planing your New Years resolutions. If you haven’t, there’s still time!!  These tips will guide you through creating one that you can stick to for the next 12 months, not just through February. 😉

  1. Write it down.  Be clear, specific, and simple.  Having too many resolutions will leave you feeling overwhelmed sooner or later.
  2. Post it. Post it somewhere that you can 
    see it daily, and in more than one place.  Screen savers on phones, mirrors in bathrooms, and refrigerators are all good places. This will help you stay motivated and on track!
  3. Visuals. This is a simple, yet effective tip. Set up random timers to go off throughout the year on your phone, and put sticky notes of motivational quotes, or ones of your goals in random places to find throughout the year. Hang up pictures of people that have acquired things that you want. This will become a great reminder and motivator to keep going as the year goes on.
  4. Be realistic. A year is a long time. Set a goal or resolution that will challenge you, but not leave you feeling disappointed.
  5. Live out loud! Tell others about your resolution. Tell your friends, family, or co-workers, post it on Facebook, or start a blog! When people are aware
    of your resolution you are more likely to stay on track, because you know others are paying attention to your progress, making your more accountable.
  6. Make a plan.  What are the steps that you are going to need to take to get to your goal or stick to your resolution?  If your goal is to eat healthier, do some research on how to plan out your meals, find some healthier recipes, get your spouse, partner, or a friend on board. If your goal is to get to the gym more, get yourself a calendar, print out the gym schedule, and plan what days and times will be realistic for you. Which brings us to…
  7. Get a buddy.  Or two! This should be someone that will agree to hold you accountable, and vice versa!
  8. Break it down.  If you set smaller, measurable goals within your main goal, you’re more likely to succeed.  For example, if your overall goal is to lose weight, maybe a piece of that will be to get to the gym for a total of 20 days in January.
  9. Keep it positive. Staying positive and not letting negative outside forces get in the way is important. Look up quotes on the Internet, listen to motivational speeches, and spend time with people who bring you up. Focus on any amount of progress, & don’t dwell on your failures or missteps! Surround yourself with positive & healthy people, ones that bring you up!
  10. Keep records of progress. For example, if your goal is to lose 30 pounds, take pictures every 5 pounds you lose. If your goal is to be able to run a marathon, keep record of every personal best time/distance you make along the way. It will help when you are feeling a loss in motivation when you can look back and see how far you have come.
  11. Hold yourself accountable. Making excuses and blaming other people or outside forces as to why you can’t get a workout in, eat the right foods, etc., etc. is only going to lead to failure. Understand that if you choose to skip a workout or eat poorly, (which is fine to do OCCASIONALLY) it was YOUR choice.
  12. Expect life to change. Whether you are trying to lose weight, gain weight, eat healthier, or win a bodybuilding competition, these all require you to change your normal everyday life and routines. Breaking old habits can be difficult, so be prepared for it to be hard work.
  13. Perseverance. The reason people slip and stop trying after February is because they lose sight of their goals and give up. If you feel like this, understand that it is never too late to turn it around. You don’t need it to be January 1st in order to make resolutions and to set goals. If you fail, get back up and start over. Do what you have to do and go the extra mile in order to reach your goal.
  14. You have to really WANT IT. Make sure that what you are doing is something you are willing to do for the long haul. End of story.

We would love to hear what resolutions YOU have planned for 2014! Are there any tips or tricks that help you to stay the course throughout the year? Feel free to add your comments below!!