Like most resolution goals that have failed or fizzled out, BIG steps were taken right off the start. Changing our behaviour is hard and it can take time. When we set unrealistic goals for ourselves we are setting ourselves up for a quick fail.
Life-style changes have a better chance of success if...
- your goals are reasonable and attainable for your abilities at the time – as your abilities grow so will your goals
- your goals should provide a level of challenge for you but not so that you will guarantee yourself failure
- your goals need to be measurable so that you can see your progress
- you are making these changes because you want to make them - life-style changes because of some external pressure and not for your own desires, are less likely to succeed
- you do not see the progression you were hoping for, re-evaluate your goals and steps to achieve them and change as needed -don't beat yourself up when you experience a set-back in your goals - keep trying
- you include a reward for when you achieve the goals that you set for yourself – even the short term goals - celebrate your successes
- you have supportive people in your environment who will support and encourage your efforts - having a cheer team behind you can be very inspirational when you need it
Rome wasn't built in a day and your life-style changes won't happen in a day either. Changing our behaviours, routines and habits takes time and it takes patience. You are changing conditioned behaviour learned over your life-time...give yourself the time to change what has taken your life-time to learn and use.
take good care of you