As 2013 emerges, millions of Americans will set a New Year’s resolution that involves exercise, eating healthy, or weight loss. These are great goals because 60% of Americans die from illnesses connected with poor eating habits or lack of exercise. However, if you have been down this road before, and your success fizzles by January 15th it’s time to make some changes.
Are you ready to change? Below are the 5 stages of change that occur when a resolution plays out, making sure you are at the “Action” phase when you start the goal is essential to implementing a resolution.
- There is no intention of change; unaware of a problem.
- Thinking about behavior change; open to feedback; recognize areas for improvement.
- Decision has been made to change; a plan has been made to reach the goal.
- Plan is in motion; success provides motivation.
- Goal behavior has been achieved for 6 months; relapse prevention tactics may be applied.
During the preparation phase, setting a SMARTT goal is a proven strategy for success; therefore, as you write down your New Year’s resolution, make sure it meets all of these criteria:
- T-Tools for Success
These tips will aid in your resolution success:
- Choose one behavior to change or improve upon that is realistic to be maintained for a lifetime.
- Make sure you are truly ready for the change and this is a good time in your life to implement your goal.
- Keep your plan simple with attainable daily actions.
- Monitor your progress with an app, online log, or handwritten journal. Take extensive notes that include emotions before and after.
- Use monitoring tools to help fix pitfalls along the way.
- Plan ahead to make your daily action towards goal easy to attain.
- Create a reward system that does not counteract the set goal.
- Make a plan for relapses so you do not veer from your goal for long.
- Utilize tools and support systems so that you are not going into a goal blindly.
- Behavior change takes a while to become a lifestyle change; therefore, understand it will be challenging for a few months until your body responds to it as routine.
What will your New Year's Resolution be and have you written it out in a SMARTT goal format?