6 Simple Steps to Sticking to Your New Years Resolution
I don’t know a single person who doesn’t make a New Years Resolution. It’s tradition – like falling asleep in front of the television on Christmas Day, or singing Auld Lang Syne when the clock strikes twelve on New Years Eve. And even though most people are determined to see them through, it doesn’t always seem to work out that way. Various excuses crop up as to why the New Years Resolution hasn’t stuck, or why it can’t be carried on. I’ve probably used most of them myself!
Why do we even make these New Years Resolutions? Why January the 1st? After asking around, it seemed a pattern started to emerge.
New Year = New Beginnings. People like to set a date to start new things, whether it be quitting smoking or going to the gym. Sometimes it just has to be a Monday, but sometimes it has to be the beginning of a whole new year.
So, to kick start January, here’s 6 steps to sticking to your New Years Resolution…
#1 Set Your Goal
You need to know where you are going before you try and get there. So figure out what it is you want your New Years Resolution to be, set a realistic time frame and steps along the way and you’re already well on your way to making it happen.
#2 Start Slowly
Going all out on day one is going to put you off your New Years Resolution quicker than you can say ‘Turkey curry anyone??’. Whether you just want to lose a few pounds or simply want to live a healthier lifestyle, don’t try to do it all at once! Slow and steady wins the race. I know that if I try and do everything in one go it all goes completely wrong and I end up going backwards.
#3 One Task Every Week
The New Year is actually one of the hardest times to start something new so introduce your New Years resolution week by week. For example;
-Week One – Park your car at the farthest point in the work car park.
-Week Two – Half the amount of sugar in your coffee AND park your car at the farthest point in the car park.
-Week Three – Drink one green tea every morning, half the amount of sugar in your coffee AND park your car at the farthest point in the car park (you get the idea).
#4 Get Your Friends and Family Involved
There’s nothing worse than starting something new on your own, so link up your New Years Resolution with someone elses! I know that my mum likes riding the bikes through the forest, so I’ll do that with her, and Matt wants me to get into road bikes, so no doubt I’ll be doing that with him.
#5 Don’t Punish Yourself
Yes, you might slip up once or twice (I obviously can’t say no to a mince pie and I skip the odd gym class), but you need to just nip it in the bud and then leave it behind you. Dwelling on it makes it ten times worse. Try and figure out where you went wrong and make the necessary changes so it doesn’t happen next time. Simple.
#6 Recognise Your Achievements
The smallest triumph is still a triumph! Make sure you know how well you’ve done by documenting the changes that you go through. I love seeing that I’ve finish a 5k run a minute or so faster, or I’ve picked up a heavier weight – so I make sure I blog or tweet about it! Then I can always look back and see my achievements.
It’s so easy to start something new, but the real art is sticking at it, especially at the beginning. Soon enough, it will become more of a routine rather than a chore. So stick at it until it’s just part of your life!
Make 2015 your year – I’m definitely making it mine!