The start of a New Year is often when people think they need to make up for all the bad habits and things they did in the past. We think the New year magically helps us turn over a new leaf. We mistakenly think that the New Year will be the catalyst and motivation we need to completely reinvent ourselves.
Whilst it is a good idea to set goals and have resolutions, two or three months down the line we often lose motivation and give up. This is why its important to set goals that are both realistic and achievable. You cannot expect to turn your whole life around but can focus on changing a few things and doing it consistently.
Here are a few tips on how you can stick to your new year resolutions:
• Focus on one aspect: You might be tempted to go all out and change everything wrong about your life but it just won’t work. Focus on one thing and consistently make changes and take actions in order to make sure, you change or reinvent that aspect of your life. If you’d like to take control of your wardrobe, you could start by donating old or unworn clothing to charity. Then, have a strict list of items you absolutely need to buy and stick to them so you don’t end up splurging on items that look great but you don’t end up wearing. Sort out your wardrobe regularly and clean out old or unwanted items to make sure you keep things in check.
• Plan well ahead: Whatever it is you’d like to change, you need to plan well ahead so you have the resources available to back you up. If you’d like to switch to a new diet, read up on it and arm yourself with the right cookware, pantry supplies, cookbooks and other necessities in order to ensure you set yourself up for success. You could join online groups or community get- togethers where people follow the same diet so you have the constant support you need.
• Allow room for set-backs: When you start something new, things don’t always play out smoothly. So, anticipate problems and make a list of them. When you know your hurdles before hand, it’s easy to avoid them.
• Pick a date to start: Planning to change but not knowing when to start can be a waste of time. If you decide you want to change something about yourself or your life in the new year, choose a date to start. Pick a date when you are sure you will be at your best both mentally and physically so you will have no excuses to take that first step.
• Soldier on: When the big day arrives, don’t think twice. If you’ve already prepared yourself well for the change, you’ll be armed and ready to soldier on. Think positive and write or say affirmations out loud to help motivate you.
• Prepare to fail: Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. You might be tempted to buy that expensive pair of jeans or sneak in a chocolate cake when you know you shouldn’t. Slip-ups are common when following a strict regime but never be too hard on yourself. Preserve and keep on moving and you will ultimately see success.
• Celebrate the wins: We can be too hard on ourselves when we don’t achieve what we set out to do. But its important to take a step back and see all the hurdles we have overcome and celebrate the small wins. This can encourage you to keep going and finally achieve the big goal.
Whatever your resolutions may be for the new year, its important to plan well, have support and then go for it.