How To Stick To Your New Year Resolution
Adrien Van Bruinessen | On 01, Jan 2015
Weâ€™re all guilty of it; January the first rolls around and the smell of sunscreen and self-improvement is in the air, but whether you plan to increase your fitness or save money, you still end up stuffing your cheeks with chocolate on the couch and splashing out on shoes you donâ€™t need.
Committing to your New Year resolution is about as likely as keeping away from the booze during â€œOcsoberâ€. Most of us need a little help when it comes to changing our lifestyle habits, so donâ€™t worry, weâ€™ve got your back with the three most important tips on how to follow your New Year resolution through in 2015.
- Break it down into realistic goals
Rather than telling yourself you are going to lose weight, get fit, save money or spend more time with family, break your resolution down into smaller, more achievable goals. For example, if you are keen to make 2015 the year of the flat stomach and perky booty, your goals could be to limit your takeaway dinners to once a week and do fifty squats a day.
If your resolution is to save money, create a budget and limit your spending on guilty pleasures such as new clothes and alcohol. Baby steps will ease you into your lifestyle change and assist in making your new habits permanent, and your resolution less daunting.
- Keep yourself inspired and motivated
Create yourself an inspiration board to remind you of what you are working towards. If your resolution is to save money for your big backpacking adventure around Europe, surround yourself with images of all the places you are most excited to see.
If your resolution is to grow a glorious beard (not recommended), ensure you have access to photos of some seriously enviable face pubes. Visualising the result of your hard work will motivate you to stick to it.
- Reward yourself
Much like a puppy that has learned to sit on command, we humans respond to positive reinforcement, even if it is coming from ourselves. If you have managed to go a week without junk food or turned down an expensive night out for the second time of the month, youâ€™ve earned yourself a naughty treat.
Of course, you donâ€™t want to take two steps forward and one step back on your New Years resolution journey, so ensure that your reward is not conflicting with your goals. For example, if you are trying to lose weight and you have managed to make it to the gym every day for a week, you could reward yourself with a new outfit. Saving money can be next yearâ€™s resolution.
Happy New Year and good luck in achieving your resolutions!
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