In our first blog post of 2019 we looked at setting SMART goals for those New Year resolutions and goals. We’re a month into the new year so this is a great time to check in and see how those goals are going!
It’s pretty typical that we start off the new year with great intentions but then life happens and things get in the way. Before we know it, we’re back into the old habits instead of solidifying the new ones. If this sound familiar, let’s look at a few strategies to help new habits stick:
- Commit to doing something for 21 days, preferably daily. If you can make it through the initial phase of doing something new, it will be far more sustainable. Typically, doing something for at least 21 days is necessary to wire the brain to create the new habit.
- Use reminders to keep you on track. Set a reminder on your phone, block out specific time on your calendar, write that goal down and pin it to the refrigerator or bathroom mirror so that you can read it daily.
- Be consistent with the time of your new habit by sticking to the same time of day. Consistency is key to creating a habit.
- Use a trigger to remind you to complete your goal. If your goal is to work out after work each day, leave a gym bag in the car with your workout clothes already in so there’s no excuse!
- Get a buddy or friend to join you with your new habit and goals. You can be each other’s support system and hold each other accountable. You’re less likely to miss a gym session if you know that your buddy will be waiting for you to join them there.
- Be kind to yourself and accept that you won’t be perfect overnight. It takes time and consistency for goals to be realized and to see progress. If you feel like giving up, remind yourself that you might not be there today BUT you will get there soon!
- Keep the end goal in mind and remind yourself of the benefits of your new habit. Stay focused on why you’re making the change in the first place.
No matter what your goal is, you’re probably going to fall off the wagon – or GlideFit board! – more than once. Remind yourself that it’s OK to fall as long as you consistently get back up and try again. You got this!