Guide to make your New Year’s Resolutions a SUCCESS
By Alisa-Jayne Butler
New Year’s resolutions are a bit like babies: They’re fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain! It’s hard to keep up the enthusiasm for weeks, let alone months, after the firework smoke has cleared and the confetti has been swept up, but it’s not impossible. And while it’s common that many people struggle to achieve their resolutions, there are some really handy tips that can help you succeed in making these resolutions come to fruition.
Here are some simple tips for the New Year that can help you achieve a New You!
Be Realistic: Many people use the New Year as an opportunity to make a large bucket list, or attempt extreme makeovers, whether personal or professional. While that’s a nice aspiration, the average person has so many competing priorities that this type of approach is doomed to fail. Essentially, shooting for the moon can be so psychologically daunting, you end up failing to launch in the first place. By choosing some realistic and achievable resolutions you’re more likely to stay motivated and ultimately become successful and achieve lift off!
Write It Down: Writing down your resolutions is a positive step towards achieving them. By writing down your goals, you’re sending a message to your brain that you’re committed. So make your list and put it up where you can see it so you’re reminded everyday of what you’re trying to achieve.
Break It Down: Don’t just set yourself an ultimate goal – break it down into several smaller goals that you can achieve throughout the year. By having smaller achievements along the way, you’re more likely to stay motivated and achieve your resolution.
Plan To Overcome Obstacles: Don’t assume that it’s going to be smooth sailing – you must plan on approaching obstacles along the way to achieve your resolution. What kind of obstacles are you likely to run into? Whether it’s financial, time, lack of support, or motivation related, you must identify these obstacles and come up with specific ways you can overcome them.
Seek Professional Advice: Sometimes help from family and friends isn’t enough. You may find that you’ll need expertise help from a trained professional. If your resolutions are fitness related, seek out a personal trainer, or if they are nutrition or health related contact a healthcare practitioner, like a naturopath – this may help you fast track your results.
Set Yourself Up For Success: Stay positive! Surround yourself with positive people who are going to encourage you to achieve your goals. Avoid negative people as they will drag you down and sabotage your efforts. Try picking out some motivational quotes or pictures and put them up in places where you can see them every day to help keep you motivated.
Give It Time: Don’t expect to achieve your resolutions over night. It can take up to 21 days to change or develop a new habit and up to 6 months for it to become a part of your life. This is where consistency and smaller, short-term goals become critical to success.
Reward Yourself: With every small goal you achieve along the way make sure you reward yourself – just make sure the reward is appropriate, for example, if you lose 5 kg in a month don’t reward yourself with food. Alternatively, reward yourself with a massage, facial or a new outfit.
Keep believing that you can do it – you have as much willpower as you think you have, essentially - which means that on some level, your journey toward self-improvement will be a self-fulfilling prophecy.