February 14, 2018
Chances are at some time in your life you’ve made a New Year’s resolution — and then broken it. By the second week of February, 80% of resolutions are broken. This year, stop the cycle of resolving to make a change and then not following through. Here are some tips on how to encourage your organization to stick to their resolutions.
The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable. For instance, resolving to NEVER eat your favorite food again is setting you up to fail. Instead, strive for a goal that is attainable, such as avoiding something more often than you do now.
Talk About It
Don’t keep your resolution a secret. Tell friends, family members, and even think about creating a group at work for mutual support of improvement goals. The best-case scenario is to find a buddy who shares your New Year’s resolution and motivate each other.
Celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that doesn’t contradict your resolution. For example, if you have been sticking to your promise to eat better, for example, reward yourself with new fitness clothing or by going to a movie with a friend (versus eating an entire box of chocolates!)
Track Your Progress
Keep track of each small success. Short-term goals are easier to keep and each small accomplishment will help keep you motivated. Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, focus on losing the first five. Keep a food journal to help you stay on track, and reward yourself for each five pounds lost.
Stick to It
Experts say it takes 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. It won’t happen overnight, so be persistent and patient!
Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy. Encourage your employees to better themselves this year and to stick to their goals. Start a wellness program or have monthly competitions in the office to promote healthy lifestyles. After all, healthy and active employees are happier and more productive!