The new year is upon us and with it comes the tradition of creating New Year’s resolutions. Every year people come up with noble and ambitions resolutions, and by February the motivation to complete them fades into the distance. Living in a community can give you and your neighbors a built in boost to successfully tackling your New Year’s resolutions. How can you avoid getting derailed by the February fade? Read on for 5 easy tips to accomplish your New Year’s resolutions.
- Launch a monthly “Wellness” meeting where friends and neighbors can share their progress.
If your neighbors have regular social gatherings, consider trying a “Wellness” meeting. At these meetings discuss healthy New Year’s resolutions and create a forum for other residents to talk about their progress and pitfalls. Speaking about your New Year’s resolutions in public, and being held accountable to those nearest you, is a great way to make them a priority and even connect people with similar goals who can work together to achieve them.
- Establish measurable realistic goals.
When creating New Year’s resolutions, many people settle on goals that aren’t measurable or even realistic. Losing weight is a great goal but how do you measure it? A better goal would be to lose 2 lbs a month or 10 lbs in 6 months. Talk about the importance of measurable realistic goals and have a system to keep track of them throughout the year. Consider a small printout that can be a constant visual reminder of success. There are also plenty of ‘tracking’ apps available for smartphones and tablets covering a wide array of New Year’s resolution ideas (e.g. meditation, fitness, nutrition, sleep, travel, etc.).
- Keep the ball rolling – bring in a seasonal sports or personal trainer.
At different times of the year, different sports are peaking in popularity. Whether it’s summer or winter, there’s always a sport in full swing. With the wonderful temperate climate in the Valley, the Arizona winter is a great time to pick up a new outdoor sport or reinvigorate your passion on the golf course. Enlisting the help of a sports or fitness professional can help you and your friends and family kick off your New Year’s resolutions with the proper training to be successful, even as the seasons and your interests change.
- Create a photography board.
Create and post a public visual display of friends, family or neighbors’ photos of their New Year’s resolution success. It’s like Instagram, before there was Instagram. You can even have a monthly prize for the best photo and celebrate successes. Maybe you’ll be inspired by others and creatively establish new New Year’s resolution ideas. Having a visual display can help motivate residents to travel, cook, exercise and even foster a healthy degree of friendly competition amongst the group.
- Take it one day at a time.
No matter what your New Year’s resolutions are, each day is a new day and a chance to reset and reaffirm that you can and will accomplish that goal. Setting a resolution doesn’t imply you must be absolutely perfect every day. Rather, you resolve to make yourself a better person than you were last year and you take the steps (even baby ones) to meeting those goals. Rome wasn’t built in a day and my friends, you are even more special than the fabled city. Treat yourself with the kindness and patience you would offer to your friends and family as they embark on a new year and you embark on a new you.
Whatever your New Year’s resolutions, every day is a new day to start fresh and reconnect with what you’re really out to accomplish.
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