Unfortunately finding the motivation to look after your body and mind can be hard. In fact while nearly two-thirds of adults set wellbeing-related New Year’s resolutions, 73 percent end up throwing in the towel. It’s hard to make positive behavior changes. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a small change like moisturizing every morning or flossing every night, or a big change like losing weight or quitting smoking. When the going gets tough it’s important to remember that every accomplishment starts with a decision to try. So don’t lose hope! Here are 4 effective goal-setting tips that can help you spice-up your health and wellbeing.
"For every promise, there is price to pay." - Jim Rohn
When it comes to achieving personal goals, research shows that chance of success increases by 33% if it is shared with others and by up to 72% if money is put on the line. Promise or Pay is an online social motivation platform that helps you stick to your goals by donating money to charity if you don’t follow through, and encouraging others to donate if you succeed. What makes this awesome is that regardless of the outcome money is donated to charity! Keep your promise and your Supporters donate. Break your promise and you donate. It’s win-win!
Promise or Pay motivates you to achieve your healthy and wellness goals, while creating a more engaging, personal and empowering way to donate to charities that make a better world. Your one promise can make a huge difference. What will yours be?
"It takes two flints to make a fire." - Louisa May Alcott
Working towards your health goals with a friend will help you stay committed and accountable. Trying to do things alone can quickly get boring and lackluster. It’s important to make sure that whoever you team up with not only has comparable goals but also similar motives. Having the backing and reassurance of someone you respect and trust will increase your chances of success.
“You can't rush something you want to last forever” - Unknown
Your body is more likely to accept and adjust if you take things slow and steady. The important thing is to be consistent. It’s similar to training for a marathon - go slowly at first to get your body accustomed to long distances. Enthusiasm is great, but starting out too fast and without a clear vision of where you’re going can be detrimental. Slow progress is still progress. So be kind to yourself, begin with small steps and only begin to add in more (flossing, moisturizing, exercising etc.) when you feel you are getting used to your new health regimen. You may even begin to enjoy the ritual!
"You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.” – Charles Buxton
Making the time to do the small things is paramount to developing long-lasting behaviour changes. When it comes to exercising, 36 percent of people said their failure was because they simply couldn’t find the time. If you’re time poor, then it’s important to at least take what little time you do have to plan. Take a moment to evaluate how you use your free time and where you are wasting it? Break down your week and be strategic about where you allocate your time. Block out specific times throughout your week for doing things purely related to your goal. And get creative! For example, if your goal is to lose weight but a lot of your time is spent sitting behind a desk or wheel of a car, here are some tips:
If you can get into a routine of effectively using what little time you have free, gradually you’ll begin to see the results.
Making positive lifestyle changes like getting in-shape is really difficult and unfortunately there is no miracle fix. Use these tips and make a promise to overcome distractions, amplify your motivation and achieve your health and lifestyle goals.