How to Stick to your New year’s Resolutions
We all do it. It’s a new year, so it’s time for a new me! Firstly, there is nothing wrong with you but recognising the need for self-growth and improvement is important so we encourage this mindset. However, we all set out into the new year with great ambitions and good intentions and very rarely do our resolutions stick. By applying some simple methods to our plans, we can ensure they do.
Make sure your new year’s resolutions stick this year by using these practical tips.
Pick the right resolution
Sounds pretty obvious right? Wrong! Most people choose resolutions based on the influence of those around them, rather than identifying what is best for them. Resolutions are also often too broad or vague and there are no realistic plans to achieve your goals. Start by choosing something that will make YOU feel better. Once you have identified this, work out how you are going to go about achieving it. What do you need in order to make this dream a reality? Be specific. Saying “I want to lose weight” is a usual choice, but how much weight? What is the goal? Saying you want to save money is a great one, but how much money? Cross all your T’s and dot your I’s and this preparation will ensure your success. Also, focus on one goal at a time. Do not overload yourself with too many changes at once. This fractures your focus and stops you from giving one goal 100% of your effort.
Hold yourself accountable (but be kind to yourself)
Perfection is overrated. Strive to be better, not perfect and watch how life will change for you. By recognizing and celebrating the small wins and the baby steps you will remain more motivated to progress. Incentivize yourself and hold yourself accountable for your choices. Avoid making excuses for skipping a workout or spending that extra money on something you don’t need. Ask a friend to help keep you on track. Even better, get a friend to walk the journey with you. Having support is important, but you need to keep yourself in center focus. Speak kindly to yourself if you have an off day and remember setbacks are not the end of the world. What counts is if you get back up and continue. You’re allowed to be flexible and if something is not working, adjust it.
Take small steps
Choosing to be better is the first step. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Make sure your timelines are achievable and realistic. If you have a history of battling to lose weight or struggle to get into a fitness routine, avoid planning to be 10kgs lighter or do the Iron Man in 2 months. If your resolution involves health and fitness, seek the guidance and support of a professional who will give you the best advice and tailor a programme best suited to your lifestyle. Manage your expectations and aim to improve your lifestyle in a way that you are able to maintain it. A resolution is not a resolution if it only lasts a few weeks.
As 2022 approaches, take time to reflect on the areas of your life that you wish to improve. Do not discount such resolutions as “taking more time for me”, “I want to spend more time being creative” and “I want to be more mindful”. All these options will also lead you to a healthier and more balanced life. Consider the areas in your life you wish to improve and take the first step to making these dreams a reality.
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