So how are your resolutions for this year going? Have you stuck to them and gunning your way through them, or have you already given up and living in the past again? Surveys show that within weeks of the new year 53% of people set themselves up to abandon their New Years Resolutions. Here are 8 tips to get you back on track.
The first tip is forget resolutions and start thinking action for life! Resolutions should not be just new years resolutions that last for days or a few weeks, they need to last forever. Whether it’s losing weight, getting fit, making more money, changing careers or creating better relationships, we MUST NOT let our better intentions slip to the same old self defeating habits for the rest of the year. A slip for a day or two is ok, but then get back onto that resolution, it’s obviously important to you.
Once you have resolved to make it a life change rather than a just a new years resolution, here are you next simple steps …
1. Set 1 major goal, and one goal only.
Chances are that if you channel and focus all your energy into one goal you will stick to it rather than trying to juggle to many goals at once.
2. Plan ahead.
Set aside some time to plan your first goal and then when you have accomplished that you can go ahead and set other goals.
3. Make a ‘new’ resolution.
Sometimes if you set the same goal year after year, and fail to stick to it, it might be a sign to try something new. Go for something different something you are more confident you can achieve. Then as time goes by you will be more equipped to tackle the bigger tasks.
4. Get specific.
What exactly do you want? by exactly what date? Don’t forget to use positive language, and write as if you have achieved you resolution, in the present. I.e. its 30th June and I weight 50kg.
5. Why is it important to change?
Incorporate your your “why” into your goal. Why its important to you? and how are you going to feel when you achieve this success. This is the reason why you will succeed.
6. Get help.
See everything around you and ask yourself, what help, what resources do I need to achieve my goal. I.e. Personal Trainer, husband, family, life coach, gym. Make them part of your team as this also gives you accountability.
7. Get going with small steps.
Take action right now. So write your goal, and take the next step to achieving it. For example, go for a training session or prepare your healthy meals tonight, don’t wait until tomorrow. Then chunking your goal down to smaller steps will seem much more achievable then having that sometimes overwhelming goal.
8. Reward yourself.
Don’t forget to reward yourself with something at every successful milestone, with something that you enjoy doing. This is probably one of the most important steps, so don’t forget to treat yourself to celebrate and reinforce your new and successful behaviors.
There you have simple tips for a prosperous year ahead. But remember my first tip, Rather than focusing on the “New Year” Resolution, you will need to focus on the “Whole Years” Resolution or whole life resolution, otherwise the above 8 steps won’t work. What are you waiting for? Start writing that goal today, take a small step forward and never stop believing in yourself, its crucial to your success.
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