I love the start of a New Year- there’s so much possibility and excitement that surrounds this time of year. If you’re like me, you’ve reflected on the things you want more of in your life and have created some resolutions around them. Whether you’ve created a one-word theme for the year (thank you Gretchen Rubin) or you’ve created full-on resolutions, avoiding these common pitfalls will help you stay on track.
Pitfall #1 You haven’t enlisted the help of your friends and family
The easiest way to fail is to try to do it alone. The way to overcome this mistake is simple: Tell your friends and family what you want and why you want it, and ask them to support you in making positive changes throughout 2017.
Pitfall #2 You’re not using positive peer pressure
Tell your close friends to tell you when they see you veering off your desired path. Give your friends permission to tell you when you mess up or fall short of what you said you wanted to do.
Tell them, “Hey, if you catch me doing X / not doing Y (the thing you said you were going to change), tell me about it and I promise not to get mad or offended.” This will help you with accountability and help you to feel responsible to yourself and people you care about.
Pitfall #3 You don’t have an accountability partner
An accountability partner is someone you communicate with at least once a week, even up to once a day, to check in on your progress. The beautiful thing is, you can also be that person’s accountability partner and help THEM make positive changes, too. There are so many benefits to having an accountability partner- motivation and inspiration are just two of them.
Pitfall #4 You don’t have a plan
No matter what you’re trying to do — lose weight, exercise more, spend more time relaxing, be happier — you can have all the good intentions in the world, but without a solid plan of action, your good intentions will probably fall short.
That’s why it’s good to go to the experts — people who have succeeded at the thing you’re trying to do — and see how they did it.
I’m not only a Clinical Nutritionist, I’m also someone who has lost and kept off 80 pounds for more than 10 years. I know it can be challenging, but I also know it can be done.
You don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Learn from the accomplishments of others and shorten the time it takes to reach your destination.
Pitfall #5 You’ve set yourself up to fail
This is the worst mistake of all. You set your New Year’s resolution or one-word theme, but you either don’t really think you can do it, or you had no real intention of doing it in the first place.
Many people simply don’t believe they can achieve their goal — either because they’ve tried in the past and failed, or they just don’t believe they’re capable of doing it.
It just isn’t true!
Don’t fall into that old pattern of not believing in yourself. You CAN make positive changes in your life this year.
As you move towards your resolutions in this bright and beautiful New Year, avoid these common pitfalls and you’ll be on your way to achieving all your heart’s desires. Wishing you all the best for 2017!