Can you believe that it’s already the end of 2017? 2018 is coming up quickly, and while we finish up our holiday celebrations, most of us are also thinking of what we’ll change this coming year. Preparing resolutions is no small feat, especially if you plan to stick with them longer than the average person. Here’s your guide to how you can create resolutions that stick and help you reach your full potential.

A Look at the Stats

You’ve long heard that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Does that mean that if you work toward your resolution for most of January, you’ll be on your way? Statistics show that 58% of people stick to their resolutions past one month. But here’s something you can sink your teeth into: According to the same statistics site, “People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions.”

Preparing resolutions ahead of time will help you get your head in the game and create a winning outcome for the new year.

Choose Wisely

There are two ways to look at a resolution:

  1. Stop doing something
  2. Start doing something

It may not seem to be that big of a difference, but mentally, it can be the difference between success and failure. According to neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), our brains don’t hear the negative words. For instance, if you resolve to stop eating sweets, your brain hears “eat sweets.” No wonder so many people fall off the wagon!

To set yourself up for success, when preparing resolutions, put a positive spin on them. Instead of saying you’re NOT going to do something, say that you ARE going to do something else.

Negative Framework Positive Framework
Stop eating so much sugar Reduce sugar intake 50%
Stop smoking Chew gum every time I feel the need to smoke
Reduce spending Make a budget and allocate 5% to spend however I want

Be Specific to Be Terrific

Pie-in-the-sky goals are nice, but they’re hard to measure. And as we know, what gets measured gets improved. Put parameters on your resolutions. If you want to lose weight, determine how much and by what milestones. Be realistic when you set your goals; make them SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound.

Look at this preparing resolutions thing as if it’s your business. A business cannot be successful without written goals that are measured and revisited on a regular basis. The same is true of you in your personal goals. Write them down, set dates to check in, and create some success.

Preparing Resolutions to Look Amazing

Since the top resolutions in 2017 included losing weight (21%) and self-improvements (12%), it’s probably a safe bet that you would like 2018 to be the year you get in shape and look amazing. Lucky for you, CoolSculpting can help.

If you have inches to lose and are close to your goal, but just haven’t been able to reach it, CoolSculpting is for you. This non-invasive, fat-freezing procedure targets hard-to-lose areas, such as thighs, abdomen, upper arms, and even that pesky double chin. In about an hour, you’re in, out, and back to your day. You just resume your daily life while those frozen fat cells disappear forever. Easy peasy!

To learn more about how Bodify, Phoenix’s premier CoolSculpting boutique, can help you reach your goals of looking—and feeling—amazing, schedule your initial consultation. We’ll walk you through the world of possibilities.

Happy new year from everyone at Bodify!