New Year’s Resolutions… Have You Made Any?

It’s that time of year again where New Year resolutions have been made, but are you still going strong? Do any of these ring true with you – weight loss, stop drinking alcohol, eat healthier, quitting smoking, get fit….. January is a great month to start something new and change old habits, however to make sure it doesn’t begin and end in January setting yourself a long term plan for the year can be much more beneficial. Including shorter achievable goals along the way will make it much easier to accomplish and to carry on as a long term change.

Follow the steps below and watch your results unfold:

  • Put it in writing. How many times have you said you’re going to do something and then the next day it’s been forgotten about? Keep a record… tell friends and family this way you’re making a commitment and hold yourself accountable. Keep saying your goals out loud this way you’ll keep reminding yourself to make it happen.
  • Be ready to change your old habits. You have to want to change and think positively about the goal/s in mind. If anything negative gets in the way think of how you can work round it. Where there’s a will there’s a way.
  • There’s never a perfect day to start making changes. Start today, small changes lead to huge progress. Slips ups will happen as part of the change but use this as a learning curve. Don’t let it knock you down just take note and get yourself back on track.
  • Don’t make your goals too vague. Be more specific, instead of saying “I will get more exercise this year say “I will train 3 times a week” this will make it easier to stick with. Think about how you will measure your progress, if you want to tone up and be less flabby you could take measurements and compare week to week, take a picture of yourself before you made the change and then again a month or so later. You will see more change comparing the pictures than what you see in the mirror.
  • Do it for yourself, not for other people. You have to have the desire within yourself to make the changes not because your Boyfriend, Wife, Parent or someone else wants you to as it just wouldn’t work. Your motivation wouldn’t be at its full potential.
  • See yourself succeeding. Visualize yourself achieving your goals; by doing this you are switching your thought process from negative thinking towards positive.
  • Treat Yourself. This doesn’t mean eat a full box of chocolates if your goal is to eat healthy. Treat yourself with something you enjoy but that doesn’t contradict your goal. So if eating healthy has helped you lose a few inches, treat yourself to a new top or outfit.

Ask yourself:

WHAT are you going to do?

WHYare you doing it?

WHEN are you going to do it?

WHERE are you going to it?

HOW are you going to do it?

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