Recent data suggests that this Sunday, January 19th, is the day most people will abandon their New Year’s fitness resolutions. In this interview, Sport Psychologist Dr. Eddie O’Connor helps you stick to your goals through the weekend and beyond, or get you back on track if you’ve fallen off early.
- Intentionally remind yourself why you set these fitness resolutions, and connect to the personal importance of it
- Don’t do it alone – find a group for encouragement and accountability – you will tend to exercise more often and go farther.
- Adjust – Maybe you were too aggressive with your goal. It is OK to adapt and set a more realistic goal. Avoid “all-or-nothing”. Adjustment is not failure. Don’t beat yourself up.
- Appreciate how hard it is. Be willing to struggle. Compliment yourself on your persistence.
- Start again. And again. And again for 12 months.
Don’t let another year go by with abandoned fitness resolutions. Let 2020 be the year you fight for your goals!
Dr. Eddie O’Connor is a nationally recognized clinical and sport psychologist, and has traveled the country speaking to schools, universities, teams, business organizations, and academic conferences about how to overcome obstacles to excellence.