Every January, about 40% of us will vow to change one thing or another about our lifestyle. This tradition rears its head every New Year when we resolve to change an undesired trait or behavior, accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve our life
New Year’s resolutions usually come under one of the following:
- Weight loss
- Personal development
- Health and diet
- Stress management
- Focusing on personal relationships
We start out full of intention and motivation but the 6 months later, 60% of us have completely forgotten all about our resolutions and what we were trying to achieve
But carrying out your resolutions can be done if we apply some simple tactics, here are 7 to help you
- Know What Motivations you
There are 2 types of motivation:
- Intrinsic – this means your motivation comes from inside. You are doing something you love. For example, you prefer jogging, going to the gym, or shopping by yourself because you like how you feel afterwards.
- Extrinsic – you’re pushed forward by actions either to avoid something or for the reward. In other words, you prefer working out with your friends, and work harder when there’s a reward system in place.
Once you figure out your motivation type is, then all you have to do is put yourself in situations that make you more excited to accomplish even more.
2. Actions speak louder than results
Deciding on a goal for the New Year is always easier said than done. However, the tricky part is taking the steps to reach your goal. If you want to stick to your resolutions, it is better to break each step down into smaller goals, if possible, to make them more manageable.
Also, each time you achieve a goal, reward yourself and feel proud of what you’ve accomplished. Positive reinforcement is crucial to help guide you as you push toward your goal and commit to your resolutions.
Make sure your actions are SMART:
- Specific. Be specific about the result you want, this will stop you from making excuses.
- Measurable. If you evaluate your progress as you go you will be better able to keep yourself motivated
- Achievable. Break your goals down into smaller goals that together, achieve your bigger goal.
- Relevant. Make your action relevant to your goal, otherwise why bother?
- Time-bound. Set defined end dates for smaller and larger goals.
3. Be Honest with yourself
The more realistic your resolutions, the more likely you’ll see them through. If your goal for the New Year is to exercise more, then start small. Instead of planning a 5-day workout week, go for 20 minutes a day then increase gradually.
You’ll find that, as with all goals, as soon as you start seeing what you’ve accomplished, you’ll be pumped to do even more. However, it’s crucial that you stay away from the “all-or-nothing” approach. Doing something, even if it’s a small piece of what you’d originally planned, is much better and more productive than doing nothing at all.
Also, it’s equally important not to have too many resolutions up on the go at the one time. Make a list, prioritize them, and go from there. Once you feel the first one’s in the bag, go for the second, and so on. Focusing on one goal at a time will channel your energy and efforts there, helping you reach your target faster.
4. Think things through
Having a positive mindset you will always have set backs. Start again without berating yourself. Be smart and anticipate these obstacles so that when they do appear, you’ll be prepared.
For example, if you get bored when you exercise, choose upbeat workout music that’ll get you revved up. Or you can workout at home, as you catch up on your favorite TV shows. Buddy up with a friend to go to the gym you, you won’t let a friend down. The idea is to nip the gremlins in the bud before they become stronger than your willpower that way you can overcome any obstacle that comes between you and your goal.
5. Be accountable for your actions
Accountability means you’re taking responsibility for the choices you’re making. This may seem easy to do at work when you have a deadline and a boss reinforcing it. It may not seem as easy when you’re home alone and skip out on cooking a healthy meal, and order take-out instead.
You can enlist the help of a friend or join a support group where you’d know that you made a certain commitment to someone, it can be a walking group, a study group, simply sending a photo of your home-cooked meal on social media or, you can hang a calendar on your wall with progress notes so you can keep tabs on how far you’ve gotten and what still lies ahead.
6. Find some to be in your corner
If you want to get fitter and healthier most gyms these days have Personal Trainers who keep us motivated and depending on your resolution, there are all sorts of Life Coaches, Mentors, Career coaches Find someone that you personally resonate with to help keep you on track and who can be the person to cheer you on
7. Create a Vision Board
A Vision Board will help you to stay reminded of what it is you want to achieve as long as you craft it properly, place it where you will see it daily. YOu can learn more about Vision Boards here
Keeping your New Year’s resolution can seem scary at first. However, with these 7 tactics, you can do anything you put your mind to. Remember, once you accomplish your first resolution, you’ll find that it’s not only beneficial, it’s fun as well!