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Why do we make resolutions?

It's funny. I am all about goal setting, but New Year's Resolutions give me pause. Why? I've been in the health and wellness industry for over 26 years. In those years, I have worked at gyms, private studios, universities, and private homes, and I can tell you that most people don't make it through January. Did you know that according to STRAVA, January 19th is considered "Quitters Day"? Yep, most of us don't make it to day 20 in the pursuit of our elusive resolutions.

Does that mean we don't set goals?

Do we sit on the couch and eat bonbons and scroll social media?


Setting goals is great! They push us to achieve and do more. They give us tremendous accomplishment and pride when the goal is met. But, people put a rush on their goals. They also could be more practical in their timeline for achievement. This kind of behavior leads to burnout, which leads to resentment, inevitably leading to that person throwing in the towel. So, couch and bonbons, here I come!

Here are my best tips as you look toward a new year.

1. Stop lone wolfing it. Get a support system. Motivation will only last so long, but human beings stick around and help hold you accountable. Your chances of hitting a specific goal increase significantly if you get frequent feedback that keeps you on track. My online wellness community checks the box in this department. For you, it may be pre-paying for six months of personal training, a coach, or just teaming up with a trusted friend.

2. Get specific. Don't just say, "I'm going to save more money. I'm going to lose weight. I'm going to go to the gym. Instead, put a date and an amount on those goals. For example, "I'm going to save $500 per month by not going out to eat and buy buying my food in bulk". "I'm going to join Leia's online wellness group and stay accountable every week for the year. I will lose 1 pound per week for the next six months." "I'm going to the gym every weekday at 5 am."

3. Have a game plan and a deeper WHY. Questions to ask yourself: How badly do I want it? Who's holding me accountable to the end? What will my life look like if I don't do this? What's life going to look like once I complete the goal? In the end, will it be worth it?

4. Make it a no-brainer. The compound effect is real. What does that mean? Pick small, daily habits that you CAN HANDLE. Do them every day until they become a part of your everyday life and routine. These small things can add up to help you tackle big goals. Find something you can do this week to begin taking action for next week or next month. By doing these little things on repeat, expect to dramatically improve your rate of finishing the year on target.

The bottom line is, don't rush into the New Year with a daunting list of resolutions to pursue — your goals may be harder to sustain if you take on too much too soon. Make a plan. Form a team. Create small habits.

If you are searching for support, reach out. My Solshine Tribe keeps our door open all year long!

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