How To Stick To Your New Year’s Resolutions
Posted on 2 January 2019
Ever wondered where your New Year’s resolutions always fail? Al, our Dream Manager, is here to help…
You’ve finally run out of turkey for sandwiches, you’ve drunk the house dry, and the box of chocolates only has the horrible coconut ones left. Attention turns to the year ahead and the pledges that many of us make to be better people over the next 12 months. Yet with all the best intentions in the world of ‘exercising more’, ‘losing weight’, ‘eating more healthily’, ‘learning a new skill’, ‘spending more time on personal wellbeing’ and so on, so few of us succeed. Why is that? It’s simple really. It comes down to perseverance. Only a few ‘stay the course’. We get bored, loose the excitement, the results are too slow and the initial will power ebbs away. Change is hard, staying as you are is easy.
So here’s how to stick to them…
1. MAKE A SPECIFIC, STRETCHING GOAL AND A TIME WHEN YOU’LL ACHIEVE IT BY. For example, if you want to exercise more, book yourself on a 5K fun run in three months’ time. If you want to lose weight, use an event in the year that you want to look great for, as a target, maybe buy a dress/suit that you want to wear that’s a size smaller than you are now. A challenging yet achievable goal gives you focus and drive.
2. PUT A PLAN IN A PLACE What are the big steps you need to take to get you to the top of the stairs and to achieve your goal? Breaking your goal down into small steps is “brain friendly”. It makes the goal seem more achievable and you get the motivational boost that come with the small wins as you achieve each step.
3. GET INTO ACTION Follow your plan, taking each step at a time. It’s important to be realistic here to give you the best chance of success. “What am I committing to doing and by when?” , “What could stop me?”
4. GET YOURSELF A CHEERLEADER. Someone who will support you, motivate you and challenge you at the right times and with the ebbs and flows of the journey.