“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.”-Cavett Robert

Every year when the clock strikes midnight on January 1st, millions of people across the world eagerly set New Year resolutions. To eat more greens, go to the gym five times a week, give up gluten, stop smoking, and the list goes on. But statistics show by February 1st, nearly 80% of Americans have already given up on their resolutions. In fact, when polled, only 9% of Americans said they felt successful in achieving their New Year’s resolutions.

January 17th is officially Ditch Your Resolution Day, where we come together to free ourselves of rigid resolutions that we can’t keep. Instead, it’s a day to re-evaluate our goals and start taking strides to make meaningful lifestyle changes that will outlive commonplace resolutions.

This year, don’t beat yourself up if you make mistakes. Change takes time. So if your goal is to become healthier, stronger, and feel better than you ever have, here are five ways to actually keep your goals this year and every year.

 

Remember it’s about progress, not perfection.

The truth is, when people don’t see immediate results, they are much more likely to throw in the towel and fall back into old habits. So while your goal might be to lose X amount of pounds, it’s important not to freak out when you don’t achieve it right away. Understand progress takes time, and enjoy the road it takes to get there.

 

Set small, benchmark goals that you can actually achieve.

Set benchmark goals throughout the year, and you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment each time you achieve one. Then, raise the bar higher and keep moving forward to finally hit your ultimate goal.

 

Change it up.

Walking into the same weight room day after day can get stale pretty fast. Not just for your brain, but for your muscles as well. To continue seeing results, you need to constantly challenge your muscles, and that’s why we change our workouts each and every month. 1. You won’t get bored and 2. Neither will your muscles. It’s a win-win.

 

Forgive yourself.

If you have an off week or weak moment, don’t beat yourself up. It will happen. Forgive yourself and keep moving forward with your goals. The worst thing you can do is be so hard on yourself that you give up completely.

Get into programs that help.

A LT30 client before and after the challenge

There’s nothing wrong with realizing you could use a little encouragement or accountability. LT30 is the transformative LIFTONIC program that guarantees results by requiring you to attend at least 20 LIFTONIC classes a month, offers a clean meal plan, and gives you support and guidance from instructors. If you’re ready to really see what your body is capable of, reach out to info@liftonic.com for more information or two reserve your spot.