It’s hard to believe that another year has passed, but here we are! There’s never a better time to form new habits, set new goals, and redirect your life to where you want to be.
But setting new goals and reaching them are two different things. We’ve all set lofty New Year’s resolutions only to slip off course within a month. (In fact, surveys show that 80% of people give up on their resolutions by mid-February!)
However, with the right strategies in place you can set and achieve your goals for 2022!
Read on to find out 7 tips for accomplishing your New Year’s resolutions next year.
1. Get Specific
Vague goals like “exercise more,” “have less screen time,” or “eat healthier” are hard to achieve. These goals tend to get pushed aside faster.
Instead, lay out a specific goal that’s measurable. (Work out for 10 minutes a day, eat a plant-based meal at least three times a week, or limit your social media use to thirty minutes a day.)
Specific goals keep you on track and motivated to reach your goals. When you have a clear goal in mind, it’s easier to accomplish!
2. Write it Down
We’ve all heard that writing down your goals is important…but most of us don’t actually understand why.
It’s true that writing your goals down makes you 42% more likely to achieve them, and there are two reasons why. The first is that it gives you a visual reminder. (This is especially helpful if you put your goal somewhere where you see it every day.)
But the second reason is that when you write something down your brain stores it in your long-term memory. Writing down your goals helps you remember what you set out to achieve!
3. Have Realistic Expectations
It’s very important that you set a goal that is realistic for you and your lifestyle. If you don’t exercise at all and you set a goal to hit the gym for two hours every single day, you’re probably going to struggle.
But if you start out with a plan to go for a daily walk or do a cardio workout three times a week, you’re much more likely to achieve it.
When you set an unrealistic goal, you can start to get frustrated with yourself and end up abandoning it altogether. Keep it reasonable—you can always adjust your goal later down the line if you want to accomplish more.
4. Find an Accountability Buddy
The concept of having someone hold you accountable is an age-old idea…but does it actually work?
According to the American Society of Training and Development, it does! Their studies showed that finding someone to hold you accountable increases your odds of achieving a goal by 65%.
But there’s another way to make an accountability buddy even more effective—setting a specific time to check in with them. This makes you 95% more likely to achieve your goal!
So find a trusted accountability partner and set up regular check-ins on your calendar. You’ll work harder to achieve your goal when you have someone holding you to it!
5. Be Forgiving
One of the biggest reasons people give up on their resolutions is that they get disappointed with themselves when they struggle.
Having goals is important, but remember this: your goal is for you. If you slip up by having that extra cookie or skipping a workout to take a nap, it’s ok.
Goals aren’t all or nothing. You can always get back on track! Forgive yourself and don’t let your struggles derail you from your ultimate goal.
6. Find a Routine
As Tony Robbins said, “It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”
If you really want to see change in your life, it starts with routine and leads to habit!
Create a routine that helps you reach your goal. If your goal is to workout three times a week, establish a specific schedule that you can repeat week after week. If your goal is to cook more plant-based meals, make every Sunday grocery and meal prep day.
Sticking to a routine makes your goals easier and keeps you on track to achieve them.
7. Focus on Your Health
We recommend that at least one of your resolutions should center around your health—when you feel better, you’ll be more likely to achieve any other goals on your list!
One of the simplest ways you can keep your health on track is by setting up a daily routine of supplements that take care of your body and help you feel stronger and more energetic.
OPCXtra, made of nature’s super antioxidants, can do just that! With a simple daily routine, your body can fight off free radicals.
That process can give you more energy, help keep your immune system operating at its full potential, ease chronic pain and inflammation, and prevent many long-term illnesses that could derail you from your goals.
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