It’s that time of year where we start afresh, hoping to bring change to our lives for the better. Whether it is to lose weight, spend less, declutter or get into a fitness routine, January 1 normally sees us vowing to implement some new resolutions.
Only problem is by the third week of January most of us have failed to follow through on those resolutions and feeling defeated we cast them aside only to forget about them.
Various studies have shown there are five different methods we can use to make sure those new year’s resolutions stick – not just for a couple of weeks, but for the whole year.
Instead of giving yourself a vague resolution, be more specific. For example, instead of saying “I want to lose weight,” be specific with the amount you want to lose – “I want to lose 20 pounds in 2017.” Now you have a specific goal, one you can measure and evaluate as you follow through on the plan. Remember to make the goal attainable – something you know you can achieve with a little bit of hard work.
Make it Matter: In order to follow through with the goal, you need to see the difference it will make in your life so that it matters. For example, many of us want to spend less in 2017. Just telling ourselves we will spend less really doesn’t show us how it will help our lives. Instead it helps to visualize what we will do with the money we save. Are we going to use it to pay down debts? Take a memory filled family vacation? Update our home? See our retirement savings grow? Visualize that money being saved. Life coaches suggest making a visualization board with pictures of how your resolution will improve your life.
You are more likely to follow through with your resolution if you have someone who will hold you accountable if you don’t. You can share your resolution with friends, make it totally public on social media, have an accountability buddy or even start a blog, or vlog to document your journey. Plus people rooting for you can really give an added boost on those days when you’re struggling!
Immerse Yourself It’s important to keep your goal in mind and fortunately the internet is full of sources to help surround yourself with like-minded people. From Facebook groups dedicated to people traveling the same journey as you, to blogs, vlogs and self-help websites, when you feel as though you are struggling with your resolutions, get a boost from like-minded people. Keep quotes on your phone, pictures of what you want to achieve and when you feel yourself falter try and reprogram your mind by visualizing exactly what you want.