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Remarkable Results for your New Year's Resolution

Last year I made a list of possible New Year’s Resolutions for various animals.  I thought I’d keep the tradition going and do another New Year’s Resolution blog for the incoming year. This year, I’d like to give you tips on how to keep that New Year’s Resolution and achieve your goal!

Build on what you know
In last year’s New Year’s blog, I imagined polar bears might resolve to “stick to their diet” to remain healthy. Maybe you are looking to improve your health by getting some exercise. But, if you are a couch potato resolving to run a marathon this year, the odds are not “ever in your favor” to achieve that goal. That’s not to say it’s impossible, but you will probably have much better success if your goal is closely aligned with what you already know how to do. For example, if you are a couch potato looking to become more active, maybe walking a 5k by the end of the year is a more realistic goal. 

For example: Animals learn behaviors by simply learning to touch a target.  Once mastered, the next step is to follow the target to new, nearby locations.

Have a plan and cut yourself some slack

Stay on track for achieving your resolution by having a month-to-month, week-to-week, or day-to-day plan – whichever will work for you! Plan small steps that are challenging, yet achievable. Any and every behavior modification plan may unexpectedly skip steps or need to go back and review steps already completed. That’s ok, we’ve all been there! Flexibility in your plan is important to success, feeling accomplished, and not completely throwing in the towel.

Hudson polar bear achieved the goal of standing upright for visual health checks by gradually following the green target.

Reward, Reward, Reward!

Say your New Year’s Resolution is to walk a 5k by the end of the year. Then each time you achieve a step in your plan to success – such as completing a month of walking for 30 minutes at least once a week – then make sure to celebrate and reward yourself!  Remember to vary your rewards – some people are very food motivated, so treats work great! There is also value in treating yourself to a new video game, an extra episode of your favorite Netflix series, or spending a day at the zoo visiting your favorite crocodile!

Some prefer treats of their favorite snack to celebrate accomplishments.  But Nakili prefers a relaxing bath!

Now that you know the basics to successfully changing your behavior (after all, isn’t that what New Year’s Resolutions are all about?), you can look forward to a constructive year of working towards a better you! Share your resolutions and plans, successes, and rewards with me @CandidCroc on Twitter/Instagram. 

Posted: 1/10/2017 4:07:42 PM by

Carlita the Croc

I'm Carlita the Croc, here to deliver my candid views on various topics, articles, news, and stories in conservation. For the latest news follow me on Twitter, for striking photos follow me on Instagram.


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