New Year's Resolutions
How do you stick to them?!
Happy New Year!
The time has come where we all start our New Year’s resolutions using the 1/1 as a clean slate to better ourselves in various ways. We are all guilty of talking the talk but not walking the walk whether it be a few months in or a couple of days in. However, this year you will be able to stick to your word with our help! Intention is the first step the “talking” so you have already begun, good job! Using SMART goals will be a great starting point. S for Specific, M for Measurable, A for Achievable, R for Realistic and T for Time-Based:
Specific goals because everyone is different. Without clear goals you may never be able to achieve it. Initially you will know if the goals are obtainable and you will be able to find out when you have achieved them!
Measurable goals so you can monitor progress and you may be able to predict how far away completion is. You will want to find out how close you are to achieving your goals for times when perhaps you need that extra motivation.
Achievable goals because we’re only human! Making impossible goals is a common mistake when talking about New Year’s Resolutions. Make them simple and if you achieve them early, you can make new goals!
Realistic goals based on resources, knowledge and time. Your goals are personal so one’s goal to walk on the moon in 2019 for example might actually be realistic! However, for the most of us this will not be a realistic goal.
Time-Based goals are important. Firstly, you want to give yourself enough time achieve the goals, so the pressure doesn’t build up quickly. Secondly you don’t want to set your goals on large timeline as it can be easily put on the back burner!
The next step is the difficult step, the “walking”. Did you know that 80% of people who make New Year’s resolutions are already off track by February!? Let’s help you join that 20% with two simple tricks:
Firstly, take baby steps as resolutions are usually long term. For example, if your goal is to exercise three times a week and you were completely inactive before, you may want to take up an activity once a week to begin with and increase it to 2/3 times a week as the months go by. Finally, tell your friends and family! You don’t need to send a major announcement on social media, but it will be a good idea to just let a few friends or family members know about your goals. Your friends and family could help and support you throughout your journey whether it’s moral support or even joining in themselves!
If you don’t feel inspired enough already, brace yourselves! To get all philosophical on you, a wise man once said: “Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage. But simply because they have never organised their energies around a goal.” – Elbert Hubbard, philosopher and writer. Good luck!