Making New Year’s Resolutions That Stick So You See Gains

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Make sure those New Year’s resolutions stick!

As we dive further into this new year, it is important to search for ways to make those resolutions stick and see muscle gains. Making your New Year’s resolutions stick is always the challenge, right? We start out moving great, really start to find our groove, only to realize one setback can totally destroy the resolution. Or worse, all of our resolutions.

But don’t be discouraged, for there are ways to make those resolutions stick if you keep your mind to it and don’t let the negative voices interfere. It’s all about the process. How many times have you heard that before?

Having a goal in mind is what drives us. For us bodybuilders and athletes, our whole routine seems to be goal oriented. Bench press a certain amount of weight, place here in this show, finish here in this competition. But what gets us to these goals we desperately work for and seek is the process. And too often do we gloss over it because we have so much going on. But its true. We are nothing without the process.

Let’s take a look at the best ways to make those New Year’s resolutions stick. While it can be challenging, it is absolutely possible to see amazing gains with the right process. Plus, if you power through those setbacks, you will be better off in the long run.

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Best Tips To Make Sure Those New Year’s Goals Stick

Helping to make those New Year’s goals stick are these tips that will give you better insight and the chance to really dive in and make a change. As serious athletes, we are not necessarily used to failing, but when it happens, it doesn’t have to derail all of our gains.

Track Progress

Tracking your progress is important and gives you a way to look back and see where something may have gone right or wrong. Plus, you can look back and see how far you have come. Essentially this is just a way to give you increased confidence as you get farther and farther into the process. For those who train, keeping a training journal and tracking your progress as you increase weight will give you a better understanding of how to increase and when to rest for recovery. A food journal will work for the same when it comes to your diet.

Try To Replace Habits, Not Drop Them Completely

Many of us look to drop a bad habit, but it might be easier to replace it with something else. You only have so many hours in the day. So, that bad habit that takes us time, just replace it with something new and constructive, instead of dropping it and leaving an empty void in your schedule.

Think Big, But Make Attainable Goals Along The Way

We all want to dream and think as big as we can. But making attainable goals along the way is what will get us to the finish line in one piece. If your resolution is too out of reach, then you won’t reach it, and thus give it up. Whereas if you make the goals smaller along the way to get to that end goal, you will better set yourself up for success.

Rely On Others For Accountability

Many of us love to do things on our own and too often is our fatal flaw struggling to ask for help. Relying on others for accountability is not a bad thing. It doesn’t make us weak. If anything, it opens us up to support and support we need to make our resolution stick. By letting others in, you allow yourself to be vulnerable thus exposing your process. If there are cracks in the process, someone can point them out and steer you in the right direction. If there aren’t, then you made a new friend.

Commit To Yourself

Above all else, you need to commit to yourself. Being accountable to others is great, and necessary, but being accountable to yourself is above all else. The worst person you can let down is yourself, for we are often the most hard on ourselves, but in order to make that resolution stick, commit to yourself and you will see great success.

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It’s All About The Process

Throughout this year, and into years to come, remember that it is all about the process. Change takes time and while you want to accomplish those goals quickly, just remember that it won’t happen overnight. Having the ability to hang on and give yourself the best chance at success relies on your ability to see the process for what it is and take everything a day at a time. While it is a great trait to be goal oriented, it is also important to remember the process and enjoy the process.

How E-Books Can Help Those Goals Stick

E-books are great tools to help us learn and stay engaged with many topics. Written by those who fully understand how to make things happen, those of us seeking the best advice for health and fitness can find success with a great e-book.

Enhanced Labs has an awesome selection of e-books to choose from and whether you are looking for the right carb cycling protocol, an in depth look at the ketogenic diet, or the best ways to gain strength and size, Enhanced has you covered with the best selection around for all of those massive gains.

We recommend the Dorian Yates Official e-book!

Wrap Up

Making sure those New Year’s resolutions stick can be hard but not impossible. With the right approach, you can better tackle all of those gains for the better and you won’t feel let down if it slips. The process can be challenging and you will experience those days where you feel like giving up, but stay accountable to yourself and don’t be afraid to fail. It doesn’t mean it’s over, it just means you need a new approach.

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Austin Letorney is a writer, actor, and fitness enthusiast. As a former rower, he has shifted his focus to sharing his knowledge of the fitness world and strength sports with others.