Monday, 4 January 2016

How to stick to your New Year's Resolutions throughout 2016


NEW YEAR, NEW ME!

I'm sure you've heard this a thousand times over the years, heck, I'm sure you've even said it yourself at some point! Why is it that when we reach a new year we feel the need to try overhaul every aspect of our lives? Anyone who has ever made and stuck to New Year's resolutions will tell you that if you set out to do too much, you'll do none of it, and the overwhelming fear of failing will be enough to make you toss it all to the side and make you forget you ever proposed any resolutions!

Taking those little steps to change the most important things in our lives is key at the start of any new year and not over-facing yourself with unrealistic objectives will see you reaping the benefit by the end of 2016. That's why I've decided to put this post together to walk you through some easy ways of keeping those resolutions top of the agenda regardless of the month and to ensure you're satisfied with your results by the end of next December.

Help and support
 A New Year's resolution doesn't mean you have to do it alone. Whether you've combined your goal with another to achieve something together or you've simply asked a loved one to support you through the process, never feel like you've only half achieved something because you've had help from friends or family. Think of it as someone else rooting for you and maybe even having more people involved might put you under some positive pressure to see it through. 
Planning
The absolute key to everything. Without planning, you can wave goodbye to the positive results you're hoping for by the end of the year. Whether your resolution is to get fit, spend more time with loved ones or even something as simple as drinking more water, effective planning acts as a constant prompt of the goal you set out to achieve and planning forward where you'll fit your resolution in is essential.
 Write it down and keep it visible
For those of us who easily forget, this tip will make sure your resolution is never far from your mind. I am a sucker for a post-it note, whether this means plastering my resolution on the mirror, fridge or using an electronic post-it on my laptop so I can forever see my goal on the desktop.
Have contingency plans
It's inevitable that something is going to go wrong at some point, having a plan in place for when things do go wrong is the best way of ensuring you can still reach your goal despite any setbacks. Don't be too hard on yourself either, if something doesn't go quite right pick it up from where it went wrong and start over. Not giving up is imperative.
Monthly review
Keeping regular tabs on your resolutions not only ensures you're still on track but it's a chance to see how far you've come. Have a notebook or space on your phone somewhere that you track progress every month, sort of like a little diary, detailing what you've done differently and how it's making you feel.
Create a visual 
I'm sure when you decided to make some resolutions it was because you had a vision of how your life could be better, how you could look different or how you could use your time more efficiently. Whatever the resolution and whatever the reason, imagining how your life will be different by the end of the year and visualising the outcome makes it feel more real.

What have you aimed to achieve by the end of 2016?


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