With 2016 now upon us, many people are trying to put their New Year's resolutions into practice. The problem is that although these resolutions are based on good intentions, most folks have forgotten them or given up by February, if not earlier. That's why I've decided to share my top tips to help you stick to your New Year's resolutions this year.
1. Break your New Year's resolutions into smaller goals
Any objective should always be accompanied with achievable and measurable goals - a smaller checkpoint you can complete along the way to help you stay on the right track. Ticking off these smaller goals helps to keep you motivated and on track so you're one step closer to achieving your main resolution. For example, if your objective is to be healthier or to lose weight then your specific goals may be to eat five serves of vegetables at dinner, add one scoop of protein to your morning smoothie, go for a morning run before work three times a week and drink at least 1.5 litres during your work day.
2. Team up with a friend to achieve your goals
Find a friend who has the same or a similar resolution to you and partner up. If your goal is to get fit, take a selfie after your workout and send it to a friend to help encourage them to complete their daily exercise. Keep checking in with each other daily to share any tips, inspiration or thoughts. It helps to know someone else is in the same boat and is going through what you are.
3. Focus on the positive
Try to frame your resolutions in a positive way so that you feel more inspired to achieve them. For example, rather than focusing on exercise to lose weight which is a negative mindset, refocus your motivation to come from a positive place. Say to yourself, 'Exercising makes me feel more energised, boosts my overall wellbeing and helps me to sleep better at night.' For extra motivation, try writing the positive outcomes you expect when you achieve your resolution on Post-it notes and stick them around your house to remind you why you're putting in the extra effort.
4. Treat 'Your time' like a client meeting
Everyone is so time poor these days and that's unlikely to change any time soon. If your New Year's resolution is to exercise more, mark your workout times in your diary, highlight them and stick to your schedule. You wouldn't cancel on a client at the last minute so why cancel on yourself? Your goals are just as important as your work contacts. We're all busy with hectic work and family commitments, but even just allocating just three 30-minute non-negotiable workouts a week will give you results.
5. Don't give up if you give in
No one is perfect and it's very difficult to stick with a new resolution, especially if it means a drastic change. Remember that one slip up or lazy day doesn't mean you should give up. Enjoy a lazy day if you feel like you need to, indulge yourself and then get back on track the next day. Don't feel too bad about giving in to temptation. Just put your head up, shoulders back and try again. A resolution is about achieving an overall objective, not about being perfect every day. Besides, if you achieve all your resolutions then there won't be anything left for next year!