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Your New Year's Resolution: How to Reframe Your Goals for Flexibility and Success

Did you know that only 8% of people achieve their new year's resolution goals?


At Fight Flow, like every other martial arts school and fitness gym in Raleigh, we see a surge in activity at the start of the year.


We want to see you coming back and training all year long!


So, how can we make sure we stick to our resolutions and make some real progress this year? One way is to reframe our resolutions with a little more flexibility.

I like to use the word "intention" rather than "resolution". A resolution can be "broken" through lack of follow-through, resulting in

  • decreased motivation

  • a hit to your self-confidence.

  • negative self-perception

  • a decreased sense of control over your life

Intention, on the other hand, allows you to treat yourself with more patience. If life temporarily gets in the way of progress, your intention remains!


The key is to stay committed to your overall goal and make adjustments as needed, rather than giving up altogether.


Especially when it comes to goals related to fitness, weight loss, or skills-development, progress takes time and dedication. It's important to realize that results won't appear right away.


With a patient and flexible attitude toward your own growth, you are more likely to develop the discipline to succeed.


It's okay to make mistakes and have setbacks. It's normal to struggle with sticking to your intentions. The key is to stay positive and keep working towards your goals.


Here are a few more tips to help you build healthy habits that you can stick with:

  1. Make your intention specific, but not too rigid. Find a happy medium by making your intention specific enough that it's clear, but leave room for flexibility.

  2. Set small, achievable goals that are measurable. By breaking your larger objectives into smaller pieces, you will feel success at each milestone, building confidence and motivation along the way.

  3. Find accountability. Talk with your coaches and let them know what you are trying to achieve. Friends and training partners can also provide that extra support you need to stay on track.

  4. Be kind and forgiving to yourself. Limit your self-criticism. Congratulate yourself often!

By reframing your resolutions with more flexibility and following these tips, you can stay dedicated to your goals and make real progress this year. Go get 'em!

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