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We've all been there before. Making New Year's resolution and not sticking with it after a couple weeks into the year.

At first, we're motivated, excited, and ready to crush it. We tell ourselves it's going to be different this year and that we're finally going to make the change. Well as we all know, this energy only last for a few weeks as life simply gets in the way. All that positive energy from the New Year dissipates.

We forget how 'busy' we actually are, the motivation goes away, and the excitement of the New Year's phase is gone. We then tell ourselves that setting New Year's resolution never works anyways.

I'm here to tell you it can and does work if you're willing to put in the effort and go into it with a plan. If you keep these tips in mind, you'll have a better chance of making some real change this year.

1) Start small.

I said it before and I'll say it again, start slow. It's difficult to change your life around as it is but when you try to take on two or more things at once, it makes it harder to do.

I'm not saying it's impossible but putting your focus and energy into one change at a time has better and longer results.

People tell us we need to eat healthy, drink plenty of water, and exercise for at least an hour each day. We know what we have to do but the problem is, we're not the right mindset to do these kind of things.

If you haven't been working out in the past couple months and you expect to exercise 5 times a week for 1 to 2 hours when the New Year's rolls around, you're under estimating how hard this actually is. You don't have the right habits to do so.

 

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If your goal is to lose weight, start with walking around the block. Create that virtue first. Don't worry about the other stuff right now. Get it to the point where you just walk around the block without even thinking about it. It's just who you are now.

After locking that down, move to the next step because you now have the courage and confidence to do so. Start jogging instead of walking or replace all soda drinks with water.

It's a lot easier once you engrained each of these small habits into your daily routine. Like I mentioned above, it's just who you are now.

2) Be prepared for change.

Change is hard but if you want something different in your life, you have to try something new.

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" – Albert Einstein

Let's say you look at your schedule and you notice that you can only exercise in the early hours. How serious are you? Are you willing to change and become a morning person?

  • (Duy) Personally, I switched from being a night owl to a morning person and I have no regrets whatsoever. It was hard at first but I knew that I had to make the some changes in my life if I wanted to achieve my fitness goals.

3) Get discipline.

We all wish for a perfect line to success but we all know that this isn't the case. It's a curvy line and in my opinion, there are more downs than ups.

  • What do you do when your motivation and drive is nowhere to be seen?

Let me tell you something you probably already know, you're not going to feel perfect every single day. That's where discipline comes in.

It's okay to feel lazy from time to time, we all get lazy at one point or another but the key is to discipline yourself to show up no matter how you feel.

You must discipline yourself every single day so that you create new habits. This connects with my first point of starting small.

Building up little disciplines one at a time allows you to do things automatically whether you feeling good or bad. This is important when those days when you're feeling down and out comes into play. And trust me, there'll be down days.

4) Be specific with your goals.

In my opinion, being specific is one of the most important rules when setting your goals. You need to know exactly what you're going after.

Saying you want to lose weight is too vague and doesn't give you a clear idea on what kind of action is needed to be taken. You've got to ask yourself the simple but significant questions.

  • What is your ideal weight?
  • What type of body do you want?
  • And by when? What's the deadline?

"A goal without a deadline is just a dream" – Robert Herjavec

Deadlines helps us prioritize our life. It helps us say no to that cookie because our weigh-in is that very next day. It helps us be more aware of time and how limited it really is. We shouldn't be wasting it on things that make us feel bad about ourselves.

5) Visualize your goals constantly.

The greatest bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger said it best. He put pictures of powerlifters, bodybuilders, and even boxers all over his bedroom wall when he was a teenager. What this did was it gave him motivation every single day when he looked at those pictures before sleeping and when he woke up.

 

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You need this type of motivation to keep going when the hard times come.

6) Get help.

There's nothing wrong with getting help, especially when you're first starting out. The ideal situation would be to finding someone that has already been where you want to be.

There's no shortcuts to the long journey of fitness but it can accelerate your learning curve.

If you don't have someone in your life that can help, there's lots of resources online these days. Follow a youtuber that has the body you want and see what that person does on a daily basis.

The good thing is that it's usually the successful people (in fitness) that are willing to help. Reach out for guidance.

7) Find an accountability buddy.

I wouldn't advise you to tell the whole world what your goals are. There will be naysayers in every corner of life and fitness is no different. If you don't have a thick skin, they can bring you down to their level and you'll be out of the game before you even start!

Instead, find someone you can fully trust. Have this person check up on you from time to time, whatever works best for both of you but make sure they know what your goals are and that you're serious about.

8) Don't beat yourself up.

Once you start beating yourself up, that's when you tend to forget your end goal. It demoralize you and that's never a good thing.

Being optimistic won't magically change your body into what you imagine but it'll give you a fighting chance. When you're negative about yourself, you've already lost the battle.

Keep these 8 tips in mind and if you need support, contact me. I'd love to help. Let's crush 2017 together!

Cheers!