Trick to Stick with New Years Weight Loss Resolutions Tweet
The Problem with Resolutions
Fitness and health goals are typically the most common New Years resolutions. In fact, many people you know may have made a resolution to lose weight or get in shape this year. However, statistics show that 25% of all people who set a new years resolution to lose weight give up during the FIRST WEEK. Within six months 54% will quit.
It doesn't have to be that way according to Chip and Dan Heath.
They are the authors of the New York Times best seller, "Switch - How to Change, When Change is Hard." They suggest that instead of setting resolutions to lose weight, you should instead set goals.
What's the difference between a goal and a resolution?
Resolutions lack ENFORCEMENT.
Resolutions don't motivate your "future self."
Goals have an element of publicity.
Goals are accountable.
How to Make A Change
Here's the BIG SECRET to achieving your health and fitness goals this year.
The Heath brothers have found that when people take the time to write down and then visualize EXACTLY WHEN and WHERE they will perform goal achievement tasks -- they end up doing those tasks and achieving their goals.
The trick with this exercise is to set up your environment so that the act of SEEING the environment triggers the goal accomplishment behaviors.
For example, if your goal is to go to boot camp four times each week, you could lay out your workout clothes in the middle of the floor the night before you plan to workout.
When you walk through your room and see your clothes on the floor, you'll be reminded that you're going to get your BUTT OUT OF BED early tomorrow morning and do something good for yourself.