5 Tips For Making the Perfect New Year’s Resolution

Sarah Cook
December 18, 2018

The New Year is right around the corner. Chances are, you’d like 2019 to be better than 2018. The New Year is brimming with possibility. Exercise, nutrition and breaking bad habits are always good places to start when mapping out a New Year’s Resolution. When the First rolls around, we feel extra motivated and ready to tackle a New Year that’s yet to be tainted with mistakes and regret.

Creating a New Year’s resolution that is attainable, and isn’t forgotten by February, is key. Here are 5 quick tips that can help steer you in the right direction for crafting a strong, attainable resolution that can positively impact your next year around the sun.

#1 Make it clear. Make it simple.

Making lofty resolutions can pose many problems. If your resolution is too complicated or too far-fetched, then you could be setting yourself up for failure. Instead of making grande resolutions to zap all debt by March or attain your ideal physique by summer, start small with a clear, simple resolution. This could be to start eating a healthy breakfast every day. Or, to keep a closer eye on your finances by writing down all your weekly expenses. Starting with a clear, simple resolution can help pave the way for success.

#2 Don’t tell too many people.

Research has shown that when we tell too many people about our goals, we get fleeting feelings of accomplishment. Those feelings tell the brain that we’ve accomplished a part of our goal — tricking us into thinking we’ve made progress when in reality all we’ve done is update our Facebook status. Instead of shouting from the rooftops that you’ve made a great New Year’s Resolution, turn to something more personal like journaling or just telling one person about your goal. Once you’ve made real progress, then share your victory. It’ll be much more rewarding!

#3 Establish “check-in” points.

Maybe once a week, or once a month, set a calendar reminder to “check-in” with yourself. Are you getting closer to your goal? Have you had any slip-ups? How are you feeling about whatever change you’ve decided to make in your life? These check-in points will serve as natural “speed bumps” to look internally to see how you’re progressing with  your resolution. This will also provide a good time to adjust your goal if need be. If the goal feels too easy, then consider cranking up the intensity. If you find yourself struggling, maybe dial it back a notch.

#4 Write down your “why.”

This is crucial. Writing down your “why” will serve as an anchor to your entire resolution. Having a “why” reminds you of the reason you made the resolution in the first place. Inevitably, a situation will arise that will encourage old habits. Your new goal will lose its luster and you’ll find yourself picking up the drink you said you didn’t need, or spending money on something frivolous that derails you from meeting your financial goals. Don’t let this happen. Write down your “why” and continuously remind yourself of how your goal will improve your life.

#5 Include positive rewards.

Your resolution shouldn’t be all about deprivation. Establish small rewards to celebrate small victories along the journey. Did you go two weeks without eating fast food? Use the money saved to attend a local concert. Did you meet your goal of losing 10 pounds before that special event? Treat yourself with a new outfit. Small rewards encourage us to keep going along the journey!

We hope your New Year is filled with joy and happiness! Remember, you have complete control over two things — your attitude and your effort. Whatever you set out to accomplish in 2019, remember you are strong enough to tackle it!

Sarah Cook

Sarah oversees social media and internal communication for Iron Tribe Fitness. Her goal is to share the mission of Iron Tribe so others can be transformed by the program, and ultimately become the healthiest version of themselves.