Get motivated to turn your New Year’s resolutions into reality! There is nothing more satisfying than setting yourself a goal and achieving it. Here are some tips that will help you stay on track with the goals of your 2022 New Year checklist.
Revealing facts about New Year’s resolutions
According to Statista, an estimated 190 million adults in the US say they will make an effort to be better in 2022. The top resolution categories include health, jobs, money, self-improvement, family, and love. While women tend to create more resolution-based goals at the beginning of each year, the number of men has been growing. However, only a fraction of these promises actually turn into real, lasting changes.
Many openly admit that they face mounting demotivation as the first month of each new year passes. The influence of family, friends, and colleagues often have an adverse effect on our goals as phrases including “Ah, you’ll give up just like last year“ and „I wonder how long you’ll be able to last“ linger in our thoughts and chip away at our motivation. Let’s see if we can make a difference in 2022 and surprise ourselves by achieving our goals.
The most common resolutions
Being more active and improving one’s physical health has nearly always topped the list on the most popular New Year’s resolutions. This is clear for many reasons. Firstly, the holidays are a time of family and friends, usually connected with festive meals and succulent sweets, not to mention high-caloric beverages such as eggnog. Naturally, we pay the price of overindulgence with a few extra pounds around the waist.
Another reason fitness tops the list is the simple fact that becoming active is a great way to keep your mind in shape as well. The world-renowned Mayo Clinic suggests that 30 minutes of exercise at least three times a week can significantly improve depression symptoms.
And, of course, once we start this good habit of increasing our activity, it will be clear not only to you, but people around who see improvements in your mental and physical well-being.
The year 2021 was a difficult year, to say the least. From the COVID pandemic closing our gyms and fitness centers, to the usual onslaught of holiday feasting and celebrating, our bodies have definitely taken a beating. Losing weight is not only a traditional New Year’s resolution for the majority of the population, but a constant battle fought throughout the year. In 2022, let’s see if we can stick to our guns and really show that we can make this resolution become a new reality.
Save more money
Having a few extra bucks set aside for a rainy day is always a good idea. This has never been more true than nowadays, according to recent data, with economic uncertainty and job insecurity higher than average.
Benefits of saving money:
- Helps in emergencies and unexpected situations
- Gives flexibility in sudden job loss
- Finances free-time activities and vacations
- Limits debt
- Helps finance education
- Can be used as a down payment for a mortgage
Want to get started with a smart-savings strategy? Check out these tips from BOA.
Does your business offer financial planning services and savings management strategies? Make the most out of the New Year and fill your client list by upgrading to a free online reservation booking app designed to make your services shine online.
After taking inventory of our questionable habits from 2021, improving our eating behavior is a favorite target to improve upon. Especially after the holidays, reexamining our diet for the New Year has many benefits. Firstly, the food we eat directly affects our energy level throughout the day. Our diet is also connected to our mood and can influence our outlook. One of the biggest benefits of eating better is the direct impact it has on our health and disease prevention. High sugar, cholesterol-laden foods have been directly connected to increased risk of diabetes and heart disease according to medical professionals.
Fitness trainers, health coaching experts, and nutrition consultants can easily manage online bookings to give their clientele a great start to the New Year. Give your business a boost with great features including client management and online calendar sync.
Stress is a natural defense system that helps us avoid potentially dangerous situations. However, modern lifestyle—not to mention the pandemic over the last two years—has exponentially added to our stress load that leads to issues including persistent headaches, digestive problems, fatigue, as well as change in sex drive.
Successfully managing stress is a vital to living a productive, satisfying life. Several stress management strategies include:
- Practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga
- Keeping a good sense of humor
- Spending time with family and friends
- Enjoying hobbies and free time
Businesses focusing on yoga, Pilates, dancing, or personal training can take advantage of the start of the New Year with an energized customer base by offering them 24/7 online bookings with the free Reservio reservation app. Keep clients motivated and reduce no-shows with appointment reminders and build a loyalty program designed to turn one-off customers into dedicated clients.
How to achieve your New Year’s resolutions?
Keep it real
Start off with realistic goals. You know yourself—there’s no need to create a fantasy resolution list that you’ll not be able to follow. Keep it simple and within reasonable limits. For example, if you’re aiming to improve your diet and want to avoid your favorite guilty food, instead of eliminating it entirely from your diet, set up a “cheat” time once a week where you can enjoy it without guilt.
The more rational your goal, the more likely you are to succeed.
Make a plan
Once you have concrete goals, set yourself up a plan to follow. Jot down some notes that will help you reach each goal that includes a schedule you can easily follow. So, if you’re planning to increase your movement and exercise, create a daily plan that gives you at least 30 minutes of movement. Check out this guide from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with some easy-to-follow suggestions for daily movement.
Think small. Keep notes on short-term successes. Divide your goals into digestible tidbits which can be tracked weekly or whatever parameter you choose. Want to lose 25 pounds before the summer? Sure, that’s great. Keep it simple and divide your plan into monthly milestones. Losing five pounds a month sounds much more achievable (as well as promising) than taking your weight-loss goal as a whole.
Stay positive and give yourself a pat on the back when you reach your mini successes.
Stick to it
New activities take approximately 21 days to become a habit and just about six months for it to become part of your character and identity. While it may seem that you’re not making much progress from day to day, stay diligent and follow your plan. Change is often difficult and requires persistence and patience. You’ve got this!
Keep strong, stay resilient.
Resolutions are not a competition. You are the sole participant. If you get to the point where you need a break from your goal, take it. There’s no reason to beat yourself up. Once you’re ready to get back in the saddle, simply restart your plan and keep going.