It’s that time of year again. The excitement and indulgence of the festive period is well and truly over, and many of us are starting to look towards the 12 months ahead, and consider the changes we want to make that will help us to lead happier and more fulfilled lives.
But let’s get real for a moment here… Most of the time, our good intentions are forgotten about within a few weeks, and we go back to living the same old way that we always have. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you’re serious about making improvements, there are things that you can do to maximise your chances of success.
Here are some things for you to try…
Make sure that they’re things you actually care about
There are some standard resolutions that everyone seems to set. People want to lose some weight, they want to start exercising, they want to make sure that they get that promotion at work. There’s no doubting the fact that these things can enrich your life, but are they really things that you care about? Or are you setting these goals purely because you think you should? Remember that you don’t have to try to do something purely because you feel like everyone else is!
Break them down into tangible goals
Let’s say, just for example, that you decide you want to lose weight. Maybe you want to lose 2 stone over the course of the year. That’s a really big goal, and it’s likely to feel extremely overwhelming. This is why it makes sense to break your goals down into milestones, and apply a reasonable timeline. You might decide that you want to lose 5 lbs in your first month, for example. This approach gives you something achievable to work towards.
Get some support and accountability
Achieving goals is always so much easier if you have some support along the way. You don’t have to struggle on your own! So take a little time to think about any groups that you could attend to help you on your journey. There may be a local slimming group for example that you can check out. If you have a friend who has similar goals, think about getting together and having regular check-ins to keep yourself accountable.
Don’t beat yourself up if you fall off track
If you have big goals that you want to smash, then there will be times when things go wrong. This is pretty much inevitable, regardless of how motivated you might be. What’s most important is that you can draw a line in the sand, learn from your mistakes, and move forward without giving yourself a hard time.
Remember your reasons why
Like we’ve already covered, there’ll be days when you’re just not feeling it. You’ll want to give up, and you’ll wonder why you even started in the first place. To help you to deal with these times, it really pays to get clear on the reasons why you want to change. This will give you a list to look back on when you’re not feeling too great.
Whatever your resolutions are this year, I hope that you’re excited to get stuck in and make them happen! And if you’re feeling especially bold? Do leave a comment below and let me know about your plans. I’m excited to see what you’ll achieve during 2019!