Do It Tennis Tips: Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions
December 31st, 2015 by Do It Tennis
You have probably heard the saying New Year, New You by this point. To avoid the embarrassment of yet another year of resolutions not coming to fruition, here are some tips for making - and keeping - your New Year’s resolutions.
1) Set realistic goals:
Before you announce your goals, take a good look at them to ensure that they seem realistic. You may have to start small, and save bigger goals for later in the year. For example, if you want to run a triathlon, make sure you first set a goal to run a 5k. Of course, you can do anything you put your mind to, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need steps to get there. It is important to keep realistic goals throughout the process that are possible based on your health and where you are at in your life.
Depending on what goals you set, you will probably need to make an investment. Not just financially, but often you will also need to invest your time. Make sure you have both resources (time & money) available to accomplish what you set out to do. If you are trying to get fit, you will need to get the equipment or gym membership and proper gear.
If you are looking to play more tennis you may need a coach, and you’ll definitely need a new racquet, new supportive tennis shoes, tennis clothing, and most importantly, you’ll need the time. Set aside time in your schedule to work toward your goal on the tennis court.
Some goals you need to work toward every day, some weekly and some monthly, so plan accordingly.
3) Take your time:
It’s good to get an eager start on your goals but don’t rush it! This goes with having realistic expectations. Don’t expect to be a marathoner in a day or a pro tennis player as soon as you step on the court. It takes some time just to get into a rhythm, let alone even show some progress.
4) Get others involved:
Having an accountability partner can help you stick to a goal, and it can be instrumental to keeping you on track. They can even become your tennis partner or workout buddy. If you think you will need the help and motivation, don’t hesitate to ask someone to check in with you every so often.
5) Stay focused:
Lastly, just stay motivated and focused. You may be racing out of the gate to get started, but sometimes your motivation can dwindle and you end up forgetting your reason for making this resolution in the first place. Do whatever you need to stay focused. Have your goals copied on a calendar or in your phone. Talk to yourself in the mirror, put sticky notes on everything in your house, do whatever you must to positively remind you of your goals every day!