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New Year’s Resolutions at Supercharged Entertainment

January 1, 2020

How to make (and keep) New Year’s resolutions.

Every new year is a fresh start . . . and another crack at your New Year’s resolutions. Healthier habits: Check. Better diet: Check. Improvements to life and career: Check and check.

It all seems so attainable, at first.

Spoiler alert: More than half of all resolutions don’t make it past January.

Don’t be discouraged. Be SMART. That’s an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. Together, they’re a guide for creating New Year’s resolutions we can and actually want to keep.

First, why do most resolutions fall short?

A resolution falls short for three main reasons:

  • It’s created based on what someone else (or society) wants you to change.
  • It’s not specific enough.
  • There’s not a realistic plan for achieving it.

So, what’s SMART?

First coined in 1981 by the journal, Management Review, as a tool to help businesses set attainable goals, SMART can also help create resolutions that won’t melt away before the snow does

Specific. Your resolution should be absolutely clear. Making a concrete goal, like losing five pounds in the next two months, is much more effective than just saying, “I want to lose weight.”

Measurable. This may seem obvious if your goal is related to fitness or weight loss, but it’s also important if you’re trying to address bad habits, too. Say your resolution is to stop biting your nails. Take pictures of your nails over time, so you can track and reinforce your progress in how those nails are growing back.

Achievable. You can still have big stretch goals, but trying to take too big a step too fast can leave you frustrated, or affect other areas of your life to the point that your resolution takes over your life. Resolving to save enough money to retire in five years when you’re 30 is probably not realistic. But saving an extra $100 a month? You can do that.

Relevant. Is this a goal that really matters to you, and are you making it for the right reasons? Most goals that move beyond resolutions come from thinking hard about what’s good for you. If it can have a positive impact on your life in the long term, and the people around you support this goal, you have a great shot.

Time-Bound. Like “Achievable,” the timeline toward reaching your goal should be realistic, too. That means giving yourself enough time to do it with lots of smaller intermediate goals set up along the way. Focus on small wins. After all, you’re building a habit for the next decade, not the next couple of months.

The New Year’s Resolution Top 10

It’s a good bet that your 2020 resolutions list has a lot in common with this 2019 Inc. Magazine survey of 2,000 readers:

  1. Diet or eat healthier (71 percent)
  2. Exercise more (65 percent)
  3. Lose weight (54 percent)
  4. Save more and spend less (32 percent)
  5. Learn a new skill or hobby (26 percent)
  6. Quit smoking (21 percent) 7.
  7. Read more (17 percent)
  8. Find another job (16 percent)
  9. Drink less alcohol (15 percent)
  10. Spend more time with family and friends (13 percent)

Using the SMART approach, any of these resolutions can be attainable. Let’s look at some ways you can more easily keep three of America’s most popular New Year’s goals:

Exercise more.

If you’ve promised yourself to be more active in 2020, you have lots of company. Almost two-thirds of us will resolve to exercise more in the New Year. Here are some tips to help you keep that resolution:

Put on exercise clothes as soon as you come home from work.

Working workouts into your schedule can be daunting. But the simple act of changing into exercise gear takes the pressure off and puts you on the right track.

Remember: The best exercise is the kind you’ll actually do.

Pick an activity you like. Walk, dance, swim, run, jump rope. Most of us sit for extremely long periods of time, so even low-level activity is better than being completely sedentary. Government recommendations call for at least 2.5 – 5 hours a week of moderate intensity exercise, or 1.25 – 2.5 hours weekly of intense activity.

Make exercising fun.

Not every exercise has to include weights or a treadmill. Find activities you enjoy doing, and chances are, you’ll do them more often. One suggestion: Look for venues that offer cardio exercises beyond those of the big-box fitness centers.

One example: At Supercharged Entertainment, there’s something for every family member.

  • Burn calories on our Ninja Wipeout obstacle course, inspired by TV’s America Ninja Warrior series.
  • Get your heart pumping in our Trampoline Zone.
  • Or, get your cardio in, on our custom-built, trampoline basketball Dunk Court.

Learn a new skill or hobby.

Your current hobby (you do have one, right?) is so 2019.

In 2020, find something new and different. The trick is to get a hobby you’ll be more likely to stick with.

  • Look at what you enjoyed doing in your childhood for inspiration.
  • Look for something that makes you forget about your day.
  • Revisit past hobbies that you once enjoyed.
  • See if there’s anything you want to change about yourself, and look for a hobby that might help with that.

Our space at Supercharged Entertainment, is home to the world’s largest multi-level karting track and offers a weekly go kart racing league. So, if you loved go karts, mini bikes, or racing bikes as a kid, this might be your next favorite hobby.

Plus, Supercharged’s high-speed karts are a great way to leave the day’s stress in the dust.

Spend more time with family and friends.

Thanks to busy schedules and intrusive technology (i.e., smartphones), this is the one resolution that may be the hardest to keep, but also the most rewarding. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Schedule it.

Things that matter, like doctor’s visits, games and work commitments, are all on your schedule. Why isn’t time with your family and friends? Make it a priority to schedule:

  • Girls’/guys’ night out
  • Family game night
  • Dinner and a movie with other couples
  • Date night with your spouse or partner

Supercharged Entertainment is a great option for guys’ (and girls’) nights out. Besides its world-class go kart racing, Supercharged has The Thirsty Beaver, a full bar and restaurant with everything from appetizers to full entrees.

Family night out? Supercharged Entertainment is hard to beat. Our 125,000-square-feet of over-the-top excitement, ranges from go karts and the Ninja obstacle course to trampolines and video gaming.

Make dinner time family time (without electronics).

Even with practices, games and other things going on in the evening, try to find one or two nights a week when you can sit down as a family at the dinner table.

This is the perfect way to get everyone involved while prepping dinner. It gives you time to talk – without any distractions. It helps kids learn how to cook and might be the perfect time to talk about important things in their lives.