A tip for a successful new year’s resolution

You made it to 2022. I think that alone is a blessing. Making it to this year is a gift not everyone gets to enjoy.

As we move on into a fresh start, it’s common to set some time to reflect on what we should leave behind, change and carry into the new year. In other words, we write a New Year’s Resolution.

Having a New Year’s Resolution is great. It’s a sign that we are still hoping for the best. Though it has become a joke that these new set of goals will never really come to fruition, sadly, the data actually supports it.

According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 46% of people who made New Year’s resolutions were successful. That means over half of the people who set a goal for the new year will fail. 

As a coach, I see this happening every year. This is because people focus too much on the “How to” instead of the road blocks that get in the way. 

And in today’s digital world, there’s a “How to” for everything. How to be more organized, how to get fit, how to be more confident. 

Let’s take the example of finally getting fit this year. The “How to’s” are a no-brainer:
1. Exercise more
2. Fix your nutrition
3. Get enough sleep

These methods will work but if it were that easy, then everyone should be fit right now. But that is not the case. “How to’s” are only half of the equation. They provide the instruction but fail to consider where you are coming from. Identifying road block is where the real work begins. It’s uncomfortable and it requires us to be vulnerable as it exposes our weaknesses and shortcomings. 

But if you want to be truly successful in achieving your New Years Resolution, you have to address what’s hindering you from achieving it. This requires some introspection but building the awareness and setting aside our ego empowers us to overcome them.

Here are some examples of common fitness road blocks:

Road block 1: Time. You’re good at time management and you think you have time, but does your current schedule allow you to workout, eat and sleep properly? A minimum effective dose of training is around 3 x 1-hour workouts per week. In preparing your meals, it will take around 1 to 2 hours to do a week’s worth of groceries, 2 x 1 to 2 hours of meal prep per week. And of course, sleep where you should be getting at least 7 hours a night. Remember, when it comes to results, consistency is key. No matter how hard you work, in order to stay consistent in any program, time road blocks should be optimized.

Road block 2: Environment. Do the people around you actually support your change? It’s not uncommon for family members or friends to look down upon the healthy lifestyle changes people try to make. Change is unfamiliar and uncomfortable but most of the time the people around us just needs a better understanding of WHY we want to change. What about physical space? Dedicating a physical space for training can help set your mind into workout mode. If it’s hard to work in your bedroom, the same can be said with working out. Environment influences our emotions which influences our actions.

Road block 3: Limiting Beliefs. Where the mind goes, the body will follow. If you set limits for yourself, then that’s where you’ll be. We often have limiting beliefs because we repeatedly see ourselves fail to break past our perceived “limits.” For example, we might give in to the idea that getting fit isn’t for us because obesity runs in our family. It’s not because we are genetically stuck to being obese, or we simply have the obese gene, but because we haven’t tried the right stimulus yet that will trigger a physiological reaction to fat loss. Make sure to work with a fitness professional to identify the right stimulus for you because every body is different.

There you have it. If there’s one tip I can give you so you can finally achieve your New Year’s Resolution, it’s addressing your own road blocks.

Once you have, it’s the time to search for “How to’s” that fit your current lifestyle.

Have a happy new year!

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