(all year long)!
Wouldn’t it be good if we were in the 8% of people who achieve their New Years Resolutions! We’ve put together a list of tips to suggest ways for you to work towards accomplishing just that…
Do it for the right reasons
Too often people have created their goals to impress others & ultimately fail. So write down your reasoning for the goal & keep it as a reminder. This “why” can keep you going through the difficult times.
Breaking it down
Kicking off a plan of when, where and how the behaviour is going to take place seems to help. Keep your gym clothes handy, lay them out the night before and be ready to go.
Baby steps (start small)
Forming a new habit requires rewiring a bundle of nerves in your brain. Smaller habits (like drinking a glass of water with breakfast) may only take 20 days to become automatic. Larger habits (like exercising) may take a few months to form. So try your best to ease into the habit by starting with smaller tasks.
Work with your willpower and not against it
Willpower can be a limited resource. If you find yourself struggling against the temptation of chocolate don’t have it around. Take note of any triggers in your house that exhaust this energy of determination and remove them.
Making the goal effortless
The more you commit to your goal, the easier it becomes to perform the behaviour. Soon the task will be so automatic it’ll be like brushing your teeth.
And if you do miss that gym session after an exhausting day at work, don’t fall into that trap of thinking ‘oh well…I’ll try again next week’. Instead think ‘I’ll go tomorrow.’ We all fail sometimes. But remember: if you fail, fail small. Don’t let it be a major setback.
Consider small and frequent rewards for completing the minor tasks towards your goal. Reward yourself – maybe with a small treat (e.g. tea, fruit or a biscuit), meeting a friend or a Netflix episode. Eventually, your brain will crave and expect the reward, prompting you to complete your activity.
Remember the more you complete your goal, the easier it will be.
Let these small, simple steps lead you to great results!