I don’t know a single person who doesn’t make a New Years Resolution. Some might not call it a resolution, some people say goals or aspirations, but it’s still a 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!
So, to kick start January, here’s 6 steps to sticking to your New Years Resolution…
#1 Set Your Goal(s)
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 figure out some steps to help you 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 quicker than you can say ‘resolution’. 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! Matt loves a night cycling at Yas Marina Circuit and he wants to improve his times, so I’ll do my cardio training with him. Simples!!
#5 Don’t Punish Yourself
Yes, you might slip up once or twice (I can’t say no to a mince pie at Christmas and I skip the odd gym session), 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.
#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. Maybe you’ve lost a few pounds, or you’ve picked up the next size kettlebell in the gym – it’s PROGRESS. So applaud yourself and tell the world!!
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 2016 your year – I’m definitely making it mine!