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Resolution Revival: Refocus On Your New Year’s Resolutions

By on February 27, 2017

Remember, many, many moons ago, when it was January and you were all hopped up on New Year’s excitement and enthusiasm, thinking of all the ways this year might be different, ready to tackle some fresh goals with passion and zest?


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Oh wait…Was that really just a couple months ago?

If you had big aspirations for 2017 and feel like somehow the days between now and that then disappeared before you even had a second to get a glimpse of them, you’re not alone.

I know. You’ve heard all of those statistics about how many people fail at following through with resolutions and all the arguments about whether you should or shouldn’t bother with them. That’s not what this is about. (I personally love all that energy around new goals at the beginning of the new year…and on birthdays too!)

The reality is that sometimes goals start to slip away from you (whether they were set in January or not). You lose your enthusiasm when the reality of the workload sets in. You’re trying to keep up with all of your regular real life obligations, so conquering these other tasks gets overwhelming. You find yourself making amazing, impressive progress—until suddenly you aren’t. You find yourself second-guessing your decision to even try this thing in the first place.

Anytime goal progress gets sluggish, it’s worth checking in to see what you can do to revive it. With a little TLC, you can be back on track in no time. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Go back to the beginning.

Revisit the foundation of your goals. Why did you want this in the first place? How will achieving it impact your quality of life? Do you feel totally lit up when you think about working toward this project? Get back in touch with where you were mentally when you decided to put this thing in motion and try to bring those feelings back to the forefront again.

Staying in touch with why this goal is important and relevant to you is essential for sticking to it—even when it’s hard, even when you’re regressing, even when you would rather do anything else but work on it.

And if you go back to the roots of your goal and it doesn’t feel right or relevant to you any longer, maybe it’s time to reevaluate.

cardiopoleCheck in on the process.

Are you taking the most difficult route to your goal? If you’re not loving the process, it’s hard to stay on track. If you find yourself feeling completely stuck, it’s probably time to see if you need to shift your angle. Determined to get your splits but can’t seem to actually put in the time? Sign up for a class so you get support from an instructor (and your classmates). Hate running on a treadmill but want to get in that cardio? Maybe Zumba is more your style. Want to spend more time reading but find yourself parked in front of the TV at night? Maybe you can read a chapter during your lunch break each day if you’d rather not give up your lazy couch time in the evening.

It can be helpful to get really honest with yourself about why things are just not happening. Do you really not have time or are you making excuses? Figure it out and see how you can troubleshoot it.


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Track progress and celebrate the small wins.

It can be hard to see that progress happening when you’re deep into the work. Some goals feel very out of reach or a bit intangible, making it frustrating to put all the time and effort into them when you’re not seeing results. Having a progress tracking and reward system that works for you and your specific mission can make a big difference in your ability to stick that project long-term. That might mean creating some kind of visual reminder for your progress: an X on a calendar for each day you worked toward the goal, progress photos, a mark in a goal setting app on your phone—whatever it is that allows you to look back and see that you’re making it happen.


Then, think about how you can reward your efforts. Ideally your reward would support your goal progress and make you excited to keep working toward your goal. For example, instead of rewarding yourself with junk food after sticking to your healthy eating plan for the week, consider purchasing some new glass containers for storing all that food you’ve been prepping in advance. If you’ve been consistently sticking to your pole training schedule, maybe it’s time for a new pair of pole shorts or a fresh bottle of your favorite grip. Remember, your reward doesn’t need to be super expensive—it can be whatever feels fun and indulgent and allows you to treat yourself for your commitment and hard work.


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Finally, remember that things change.

While I hope that you feel inspired to get your goal progress back into motion, don’t forget that some goals aren’t meant to be. If things in your life have changed and this goal no longer feels important or special to you, it might be time to let it go. Know that you can always reevaluate your aspirations for the future, and that you can always revisit these goals again if you decide the time is right later. Goal setting is fluid and flexible and can shift as your life does.

Paige Lysaght

Paige Lysaght

is a Certified Health Coach, AFAA certified fitness instructor, and parkour and aerial arts studio owner.
Paige Lysaght

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