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EIGHT WAYS TO MAKE SMARTER RESOLUTIONS IN 2018
New Year’s resolutions. Do you find that you break them as soon as you make them? You’re not alone.
Research shows that 23% of resolution-makers fall off the wagon just one week into the new year. And, only 19% stay on target for two years or more.
Try these eight great tips to help you keep your promises on track in 2018.
1) THINK ABOUT WHY YOU’RE MAKING CHANGES
Are you making resolutions because you want to, or to please someone else?
To figure this out, start by writing a list and marking an ‘I’ next to changes you’re making for yourself and an ‘A’ next to those you’re making for another.
Once done, think about scratching those ‘As’ off your list because you’re less likely to succeed if you’re making a change for someone else.
2) KEEP IT REAL
Got a New Year’s resolution list as long as your shopping list? Reality check – what you can you realistically achieve this year?
If you sign up for too many lifestyle changes, you’re making it too difficult for yourself. Set your sights on quality, not quantity.
3) AIM LOW
Research shows that, if you want to be successful, you need to aim very, very low.
So, don’t just promise to ‘eat healthier.’ Instead, commit to always eating all the vegetables on your plate or to switching your daily soda out for a green tea. If you’re looking to get in shape, don’t just promise to ‘exercise more,’ commit to a smaller goal like taking the stairs or walking to work.
Over time, small actions will reap big results.
4) STAY MOTIVATED
Motivation is key to staying on track. So, consider:
- Writing your goals down – scribble down your resolutions and the reasons you’ve made them so you can reread them when you wake up or before you go to bed.
- Surrounding yourself with positive people – negativity can sabotage your success. If you can’t avoid negative people, talk to them about their attitude and set up clear boundaries for moving forward.
- Teaming up – don’t go it alone. Enveloping yourself with people who have similar goals makes all the difference. Join a group, forum or network of people who will support you to reach your goal and can share the inevitable bumps along the way.
- Making a public promise – let people know what you want to achieve and ask them to hold you accountable. Better yet, get your mates on board so that you’re all working toward a common goal.
- Enlisting the help of post-its – post a word or phrase on a sticky note and put it somewhere you’ll see it often – perhaps on your bathroom mirror, on the fridge or at your work desk. And remember, a picture is worth a thousand words, so if you want to go one step further, stick up some images instead to remind yourself of your commitment.
5) DO SOMETHING GOOD
If better health is in your sights, think about bundling your goal in with charity work. It may help motivate you if you know the changes you’re making aren’t just for you, but for a good cause, too.
6) BEFRIEND TECHNOLOGY
There are a few new apps out there that can help you keep on top of your health and fitness goals. And, often, you can secure a monthly subscription for much less than the cost of a gym membership, and use it however and whenever you like!
7) CELEBRATE THE WINS
Momentum creates momentum, so reward yourself for good results along the way. For instance, rather than waiting till you’ve dropped those 15 kilos, have a mini celebration each time you shed two. If your goal is to run the City2Surf, make sure to reward yourself after each long run that you complete in the lead up to the big day.
8) DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP
We all know changes don’t happen overnight and bad habits can be tough to break. So be kind to yourself and remember that it’s natural to make a few mistakes along the way. Continue to celebrate your successes and don’t beat yourself up over the occasional slip-up.