New year, New me!
You’re probably very familiar with this painful saying because you haven’t really been able to stick to any of your resolutions throughout the past years. Am I right?
There’s nothing to feel ashamed about because neither have most of us.
Research has shown that 80% of new year’s resolutions fail by February. All that sudden willpower for change seems to go down the drain and you find yourself in the same spot as last year and the year before that. Probably even well before that too.
With busy schedules and wanting to watch Netflix after a long day, it can be hard to achieve what you’ve set out for yourself, so you tend to go back to your usual routine.
Looks like new year, same you…
But, do not be disheartened- I bring good news!
The fact that you want change in your life for the better, is already a fantastic start. Baby steps are the way forward.
So here are a few tips on how to stay on track with your new year’s resolutions.
Persevere persevere persevere!
Say for example this year you want to start eating healthier. You’ve kept your word for a few weeks but suddenly you’re craving chocolate. You give in. And then you find yourself giving in some more. Already you’re starting to feel your resolution going out the window, so you call it off. 1-0 to chocolate.
Nobody is perfect and things don’t always go as planned which is fine.
The long term is what matters most. You might fail here and there but it’s not the end of the road. Accept it and move forward.
Be specific and measure progress
Most people start with ‘’This year I want to get in shape’’ but that doesn’t really say much.
A better goal could sound something like ‘’ Lose 10kg in 1 month.’’
Now that you know exactly what you want to accomplish, you can create a plan to get you there e.g. a diet plan or specific gym workouts.
To keep track of your progress, you could use a smart watch that measures personal data or you could keep a log book of food intake and daily exercises. This way, you can see exactly where you are and how much more you need to do to reach your goal.
Don’t go all out setting yourself unreachable goals that are difficult to achieve in the first place.
Aspire towards smaller goals throughout the year that can easily be met in accordance to your lifestyle because otherwise you begin losing motivation.
Start working on first base and work your way up.
Remember, be the best person you can be!