New Years Resolution
As soon as the last verse of Auld Lang Syne has been sung peoples attention quickly turns to creating their resolution for the new year. But how are you going to make this year different from all the previous attempts?
Here are our top tips to help you stick to this years resolution.
First things first try to focus on one specific resolution. Too many people get distracted by trying to change too many things all at once. How about having 1 resolution to focus on for the first 6 months of the year? If you achieve that then look to add a second resolution.
However ensure that the resolution is specific. Don’t make it being too broad and leave yourself without tangible results to focus on. Just saying I want to be healthier in 2016 is too broad. Instead focus on an initial aspect of health like eating healthy food or training consistently. If you focus on one the other will naturally attach itself too it.
Once you have your specific resolution look to create smart goals around that aim. So if the resolution is to train more consistently then make it specific by aiming to lose X amount of weight by March.
Next up, make yourself accountable. Tell your close friends and family and get them to hold you accountable to your resolution. Even better find somebody with a like minded goal and work together. You are more likely to stick to the resolution with the fear of letting a friend down.
Visualise the end result. The reason so many of us fail with resolutions is that the end result seems so far away. Keep focused on the positive end result rather than where you started.
TOP TIP- change the wallpaper on your phone lock screen to something that will remind you of the end result. Having that constant reinforcement will help to motivate you towards your goal. For example if you are working hard towards looking great in your wedding dress then have a photo of that end goal on your lock screen to inspire you when times get hard.
And that brings me onto our final tip, be realistic. Times will get hard. It’s January and everyone and everywhere we are constantly aided and reminded about positive change. But in a few weeks that will disappear, the goodwill will end and old habits will start to creep back in. This is the time where year long habits are made or lost. Be realistic that changing a reinforced habit will take willpower and hard work. If the aim is to get in the best shape of your life then thats great, but also be honest that its going to be hard work. No matter what TV tells you you are not going to get in the best shape of your life by working out for 15 minutes a day and still being able to eat your favourite foods. Real change takes hard work and commitment to a sensible diet and training plan.
However, it is not all doom and gloom. Trust us when we say that the hard work is very much worth it. If you can stick to a resolution and make a positive change in your life then there is no greater feeling of accomplishment. We know as we spend all day with people looking to achieve just that.
So stick at it and when times get hard, remember why you started.
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