The start of a new year is often seen as the beginning of a new you; a clean slate that allows you to look back on the previous year, see where you went wrong, and correct those mistakes while growing and rebuilding yourself. It can be your health or physical fitness; it can be that dream job you wanted to get or any goal that you have always wanted to achieve; this is the time to do it!
It’s a perfect opportunity for a fresh start however, we all know that it doesn’t often work out like that. You may start off the year eating nothing but kale and learning a new language but as soon as February comes so does the vast amounts of fast food and your permanent position on the sofa.
So how do you stick to those pesky New Year’s resolutions? How do you even write them? Well, fear not, in this article you will see how to make and stay on top of those resolutions so you can have the most fulfilling year of your life.
The first and possibly the most important step is to be realistic. The problem with New Year’s resolutions is that we often pick ones that are so daunting and unachievable that we fall at the first hurdle. Avoid picking resolutions that pale in comparison to climbing Mount Everest if you want to last longer than a few weeks.
Instead, be honest with yourself about what goals you can reach. If you want to lose weight that’s great but aiming to lose a couple of stone a month is unlikely, so be easy on yourself and pick smart targets.
Narrow down your resolutions
Another common obstacle in the way of you conquering your year is the fact that you might decide to conquer too many things. As I mentioned above the key to doing this correctly is finding the right balance between ease and strictness. If you have an intimidating amount of things on your plate, you will end up ignoring all of them.
Aim to stick to two or three resolutions at the most and make sure that you can split your time and effort equally between them.
Now that you have a list of resolutions that you want to complete you need to make a plan on how you will effectively reach your goals. People tend to decide that they want to do something such as quitting smoking which is tough already, but without any idea on how specifically you will do that, it’s nearly impossible.
Having a physical reminder of how you need to do something makes it ten times easier, so make a detailed to-do list with a concrete start date and start ticking it off one by one
Don’t fear failure
Change is difficult. The fact is the road to completing a New Year’s resolution is a long and bumpy one and there is a chance that you might fail. A mistake you might make is thinking that once you fail once it’s over but the truth it is just part of the process. If you stumble pick yourself back up and go back to your goals even stronger!
One of the best ways to make New Year’s resolutions easier is by including a reward system. Mark out a date on your calendar once a month where you treat yourself for completing a certain amount of tasks. This way difficult things such as strict diets actually become fun and exciting as you always have something to look forward too on top of the satisfaction you gain from reaching your targets.
Don’t set yourself up for failure when making New Year’s resolutions, being realistic, sticking to your guns and going easy on yourself is the best way to succeed. When that time of year rolls around again, be sure to follow the helpful guide above and turning a new leaf next year won’t be as hard as you first thought.
Jessica Gust is a Marketing Assistant at Localpeek.co.uk– a new postcode finder. She is passionate about new marketing strategies, she is always eager to share her ideas through blogging.