Updated: Oct 8
Do you tend to start off the year with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm about what you’ll change, then find your motivation waning by February?
If this sounds familiar, your willpower may not be the real problem.
It may be your choice of resolution(s) that create the challenge. Especially if you’re picking ones that are likely to end in frustration and disappointment in the long run.
Let these tips help you create some healthy habit resolutions that will have success written all over them!
Keep things simple
Do you often come up with a fairly long list of new year goals? This could be a big part of the reason why you struggle to see them through. Spreading yourself too thin between different goals is one of the main reasons why people fail with New Year resolutions.
To increase your chances of success, don’t feel that you need to overhaul everything in your life at once. Chances are, you’ll quickly get overwhelmed and feel frustrated that you’re not getting anywhere.
You’re more likely to succeed with New Year goals if you concentrate your efforts on just one or two areas, and do them well. Pick just the one big goal, such as losing weight or quitting smoking, as this is going to take a lot of your energy and focus.
You’re less likely to have issues with your willpower if you’re more realistic with the goals you set yourself. Get that dialed in and you’ll find it a lot easier to stick to those resolutions!
Set yourself bitesize goals
Within your one or two big resolutions, working towards a big end goal can be daunting. When you first set a resolution, it can feel like you’re a million miles away from getting there. The end result? You’re more likely to give up altogether.
One way around this involves breaking down resolutions into mini goals that help you to see your progress more easily. Ideally, this will involve goals that can be measured.
If you’re planning to lose weight, set a target for how much weight you’ll aim to lose each week. Or if you’re aiming to up your intake of leafy greens, aim for at least one serving most days.
Once you’ve broken your goals down like this, make a point of checking in with yourself regularly to see how you’re doing with them. If you can see yourself making progress, there’s much more chance that you’ll keep working towards achieving the bigger picture. As you make progress, you may need to tweak your mini goals to help you get there.
Reward your progress
You don’t need to wait until you get to the end goal to reward yourself. The great thing about mini goals is they provide the opportunity to celebrate progress along the way, with offers you incentive to keep going. Just make sure the "reward" is not something that will ruin your hard work to date. For example, no sweet treats if you’re trying to eat healthier or lose weight! Think of some fun things you can do to celebrate your progress that won't sabotage your goals.
Write them down
Writing down your New Year goals and keeping them somewhere visible can keep you motivated and remind you of why you started the journey in the first place. You’ll feel more accountable to yourself and are more likely to be successful in keeping your New Year resolutions.
You can take this even further by journaling about your resolutions. By digging deeper into how you’re doing with them, noting where you might be self sabotaging your goals … even without realizing that you are. Journaling is a great way to see successes and areas of challenge, offering valuable insight to help keep you on track.
Affirmations are another powerful tool that can help you to stick to your New Year resolutions. Writing these down and repeating them every day is a great way to encourage your mind to embrace it as the truth.
Your affirmations don’t have to be complicated or profound. In fact, simple ones can work really well. Depending on your resolution, it may be along the lines of “I am calm under pressure” (if you’re resolved to stress less) or “I eat a healthy diet” (if better nutrition is your goal). Whatever you choose to say to yourself, it’s super important to make it a habit.
Accept that slip ups happen!
Resolutions are a challenge to keep and most people will have setbacks. Let’s face it, it’s not realistic to think that it’s all going to be plain sailing when you’re making big changes to your lifestyle. If you encounter a setback on your journey, it’s not a sign that you’re failing or that you should give up on your goal(s).
How you handle setbacks is super important when it comes to keeping New Year resolutions. Want to make sure that you can channel it in the right way? Have a think about what might have triggered setbacks and learn from it for the future.
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