Resolutions Mon, Feb 08, 2016
Happy Tuesday Criosadairs!
Did you make a new years resolution? Are you sticking to your resolution goals or have you lost interest and have no lack of motivation? Today, we are on Day 40 of the New Year. After today, we have 326 days remaining this year. It's not too late.
Psychology professor John Norcross, Author of Changeology, has some tips to help you follow through on your resolutions.
1) Make changes to your behavior. Changing your routine can bring different results. Instead of trying the same thing over and over again, expecting a different outcome, people need to modify their behaviors.
2) Define SMART goals. When setting targets, use the SMART acronym: Specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-specific. Norcross says that individuals must go further than simply saying, "I want to lose weight." "Specifically, what are you going to do so that you can measure and track [your weight] over time, for say, the next three to four months?".
3) Track your progress. Norcross calls this technique self-monitoring. A calendar, or a calendar app, is a handy tool you can use to track your goals.
4) Reward small achievements. When you reach a portion of your goal, recognize the accomplishment and perhaps do something nice for yourself. This will help keep you focused and excited about the overall goal.
5) Make it public. When individuals announce their goals on social media, to their families or in the workplace, they are being held accountable by those closest to them.
6) You are human. Chances are you may slip up once or twice during this process. It's OK. Norcross says it is important to deal with failures by getting back on track and continuing along your journey. Seventy percent of successful goal-setters said that their first slip actually strengthened their resolutions. Norcross says to adopt the outlook, "I'm human. Let me learn from it, and let me keep going."
What small step can you take today to move you just one step closer to your goal?