***OK, as promised, here are 4 MORE sneaky tricks to kick butt and take names with your New Year’s fat loss resolution!***
Trick #5: In Your Face…
Even if you write down your goals and have them clear in your mind as we noted in the last secret, you can still forget about them; we are human after all and as such are forgetful creatures!
So…put your resolutions in a place where you will be able to see them frequently…
Your desk at home or at work.
In your wallet or purse.
In your coat pocket.
On your refrigerator.
Where you put your car keys or other personal belongings when you come home from work every day. On your computer. In your address book. On your calendar.
You get the idea! Post ‘em wherever you are the most often during a typical day.
By doing this, you will create a physical environment where you are less likely to forget your resolutions due to other urgencies that crop up during the week, month and the rest of the year.
Trick #6: New Year’s Review…
Not only must you be reminded of your resolutions frequently (especially in the beginning), you must also review them periodically to check your progress.
Did you know that when pilots fly their planes, they need to periodically check and adjust their flight path due to the constantly changing air conditions? As if their job wasn’t hard enough!
It’s the same with achieving your fat loss and fitness resolutions. If something didn’t go according to your plans, why not? Did something new appear during the year? Maybe your plan was too aggressive? Check progress and re-calibrate. This will ensure you stay on course.
As long as you do this often enough (every month is a good start) you have a great chance of following through all the way to reaching your goal.
And don’t psych yourself out. If you notice you get off track on your weekly schedule, brush it off. If you focus on the negative, you will give up. Say to yourself, “Oh well, I’ll do better next week,” and then DO BETTER NEXT WEEK.
Even if you don’t achieve 100% of your fat loss and fitness resolution by the end of the year, you will most likely achieve at least 70% to 80%. That’s much better than giving up on your resolutions, which equals to…you guessed it…a lowly 0%!
Trick #7: Show It Off!…
You’re probably guilty of what I call “closely guarded resolutions”. These are the resolutions you have that you don’t tell anyone about. Well, guess what, these usually don’t work. Here’s why:
Do you know why people are afraid of making promises? It’s because they are afraid of putting themselves on the line. It’s the same with your fat loss and fitness resolutions.
Nothing motivates us better than the possibility of having to admit failure.
The only way to truly stay accountable for our actions is to have to report them to another person. We can come up with a million excuses to kid ourselves, but the look in a friend or spouse’s eyes is all we need to know we aren’t on track.
After you have written down your resolutions, announce them to your family and friends!
Put yourself on the line by making your resolutions known and make it a promise to yourself to achieve them. It may not be a comfortable feeling because you have just made yourself publicly accountable for your own results.
You can even find a resolution buddy who will swap and track resolutions with you. You want someone who will hold you accountable as you hold them accountable, not a friend who will laugh and share a sundae with you as you enjoy failure together.
Trick #8: Group Hug…
“Hi I’m a resolution-holic!”
No, you don’t have to join a support group, but achieving your fat loss and fitness resolutions does not need to be a lonely affair. From my experience, you will stand a much greater chance of success if you have family and friends who support your cause.
This all is a result of the people you interact with everyday. They need to know what you’re up to and how serious you really are about achieving it.
Talk to people in your life about what you are trying to achieve and see how they can give you both moral and tangible support. This type of help will ensure no one unknowingly sabotages your efforts throughout the year.
And reward yourself!
Pamper yourself weekly or monthly for a job well done. Set up a personal reward system.
If you’re making good on your promises, why not treat yourself to a one of your favorite desserts once every couple of weeks? Do it and keep on truckin’!
Alright… that’s 8 of the sneakiest ways to get cookin’ on your New Year’s fat loss resolutions this year… AND crush them out of the park!
A few of these tricks involve writing it down and showing it off, so continue to do so in the comments below and you will only increase your chances of a slimmer, leaner you in the weeks to come…
Have fun with it, stay motivated and once again Happy Holidays!
You may be one of the millions of people right now planning to finally lose fat and shape up at the turn of the New Year… …and this makes sense because the New Year is a good time to set new resolutions. You might feel as though you’ve put the previous year and all of its excuses behind you… you’re fresh, and the idea of having a chance to start things over again in the coming year provides new-found motivation. But you’ve also probably been down this road already, and for some reason never accomplished what you had originally intended for yourself…