Let’s take a journey back in time. Imagine where you were during the first hours of the New Year. Maybe you were still out partying. Maybe you were still in bed. Maybe you were awake, but wishing you were still asleep, and maybe you were contemplating why you drank so much and vowing to make more positive life choices in the future.
New Year’s resolutions can take many forms. However, the most common form is related to health and exercise. Do you remember what your New Year’s resolution was? How are you doing in your efforts to achieve that resolution?
It’s now June and we are almost halfway through another year. This provides us with an excellent opportunity to look back at our resolutions and evaluate our progress so far this year.
Here are a few questions you should ask yourself in evaluating the feasibility of your resolutions and measuring your progress:
- Can My Resolution Become a Habit?
Contrary to popular belief, there’s no set prescription for turning activities into habits. Some people say that certain habits only require three tough days to break. However, as we know it’s much easier to break habits than to make them.
If you’re resolution is related to more regular exercise, this is undoubtedly a habit-forming activity. In fact, it may even be possible to build an addiction to regular exercise. Unlike many other forms of addiction, this type can usually be more helpful than harmful.
- Is My Resolution Realistic?
Do you feel that you are able to accomplish your resolution? What will it take? If your resolution for the year was to lose in excess of 100 pounds, you shouldn’t be discouraged if you haven’t yet achieved your goal. That type of weight loss takes time. In this case, it’s more important that you’re making progress towards your goal than whether or not you’ve accomplished it yet.
- Is My Resolution Measurable?
If your resolution was to workout and exercise more frequently, what did you constitute as “more”? Do you want to exercise twice a week, once a day, or once in the morning and once in the evening?
Making your resolution measurable will help you evaluate your progress and, in the event that you are falling behind, can help you easily envision the steps you need to take to get back on track.
- Does My Resolution Require Temporary or Permanent Lifestyle Change?
Certain resolutions may only require temporary changes in habits, while others will require a more permanent commitment. Losing twenty pounds may only require a few months of regular workouts. However, being healthier in general is a resolution that requires a more long-term commitment.
Take time to understand what level of commitment is necessary for you to achieve your resolution. This will help you make the short-term, or long-term, commitment that your resolution requires.
New Year’s resolutions are made and broken every year. Don’t get down on yourself if you haven’t achieved what you set out for quite yet. Forming habits, evaluating the feasibility of your resolution, measuring your progress, and thinking about making permanent lifestyle changes will ultimately help you become healthier, happier, and closer to making those resolutions become realities.