How to make the best New Years Resolutions that you’ll actually stick to.
We all make them don’t we? We start probably a few days after Christmas, got all these big plans and by the time it gets to probably January 3rd, 50% of our New Years resolutions have gone out of the window; so here’s a few tips which are inspired by some of the great ‘thinkers’ in history. Hopefully these will inspire you and help you to feel really motivated for your New Years Resolutions in 2015.
First Tip – inspired by a quote from Napoleon Hill who said “A goal is just a dream with a deadline” so a lot of us are going to have a lot of dreams, things that we think ‘oh one day in the future wouldn’t it be great if this happened;’ however unless we put a plan into action and decide when we want to have achieved this and really create it into a goal that dream could just remain a dream forever. I really suggest putting a deadline on things you want to achieve e.g if you want to go self employed in 2015 then set yourself a goal. Perhaps say to yourself by March 2015 I want to have gone down to 3 days a week and by September I want to have gone fully self employed. Setting yourself a deadline for things makes it much more easier for yourself. Giving yourself a much clearer guideline for getting that done.
Second Tip – inspired by a quote by Charles Givens “The more specific and measurable your goal the more likely you are to achieve it” so be very specific and measurable when setting your goals for 2015. Rather than saying ‘I’m going to lose weight this year’, who knows whether you have achieved that? but instead saying perhaps ‘I’m going to lose 10 pounds by March the 1st’ is very specific, its measurable and you’ll know when you have achieved it and you really have set yourself a concrete goal which is much more motivating for you to achieve.
Third Tip – inspired by a quote by Mark Twain who said “Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs one step at a time” this relates to how so often on January the 1st we will sign up to our gym membership, book a load of sessions with a personal trainer, tell ourselves we are going to go every single day to the gym, but these are not necessarily achievable for someone who is just starting off with exercise. Start off slowly, take small steps that are going to be real changes that you can stick with and that will last rather than saying to yourself i’m going to completely change my life overnight as its less likely to happen.
Fourth Tip – inspired by a quote by Walt Disney “If you can dream it you can do it” there is a lot to be said for the power of our imagination and using visualisation to help us to achieve our goals and resolutions, so think about what it is you want for yourself in 2015. Get a really clear picture of it, so if its losing weight, imagine yourself at your ideal weight. If you want to get stronger and fitter, imagine what that feels like, imagine the look and tone of your muscles. Imagine running and feeling really fit and healthy. Sending that message to yourself and creating an image of what you want can have a really powerful effect on you subconscious and really helps to motivate us and propel us forward to our goals.
Fifth Tip – inspired by a quote by Wayne Dyer “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice” this is about taking responsibility for yourself and knowing that no one can make these changes for you. You have to be the one that’s making those changes. One thing that can be really helpful is to make a list of the pros and cons of changing behaviour and of keeping behaviour the same.
It is really important to recognise our achievements and to reward ourselves for those achievements. Therefore when you reach a milestone take some time to recognise where you have come and the changes you have made. E.G if you have lost weight after a month then treat yourself by something not food related e.g go to the cinema, have a facial etc.
It takes around 3 weeks to form a new habit so really stick with it and it will get easier.
I wish you all the best for 2015, Lynne