It’s almost that time of the year when we momentarily pause to reflect on the year gone by, and consider our hopes for a better outcome in the coming year. A New Year inspires us to make new promises. Our aspirations often include better health, increased wealth and an improved version of our self. Unfortunately, for many of us, these resolutions are usually broken before we’ve reached February. This New Year’s Eve set your goals for 2015 and keep your resolutions by adopting a more positive, and less challenging five step approach.
1. Make Time
Plan your resolutions BEFORE New Year’s Eve. This gives you time to clarify what you really hope to achieve without the pressure of committing to something you’re not 100% sure about. Give yourself time to imagine how you’ll feel once you start your resolution. If you’re planning to give up smoking, for example, you’ll have time to stock up your quit kit, think about how you’ll cope with temptation and to arrange some supportive encouragement along the way.
2. Be Specific
Unless you have a specific goal in mind you won’t be able to maintain motivation to achieve it. Be specific about what you want to do and set a realistic goal. Many people use the start of a new year as a starting point for weight loss or fitness goals. Setting a huge challenge, like losing 3st in weight by the summer, may seem a focused aspiration but punishing yourself by promising never to eat certain foods again could end up being your downfall. Be clear but adaptable. Seeing each day as progress towards your end result will keep you on track no matter how hard the going gets.
3. Let Go Of Doubt
Apparently it takes around 21 days to form a new habit and up to six months for it to be an accepted part of your new lifestyle. This gives you plenty of motivation to keep at your resolution when the going gets tough. These milestones will also help you let go of any doubt you may have over whether or not you’re good enough to achieve your goal. Watch out for moments when your negative thoughts ‘un-set’ your goals as this is a time when you’ll consider giving up. Let go of the negative and replace it with a positive mantra that moves you on to the next level of progress.
4. Tell Your Friends
Share your resolutions and aspirations with your positive minded friends and family members. These supportive people will spur you on when you feel like giving up and motivate you to become a better version of you.
5. Reflect On Progress
Set short-term goals within your goal to keep you focused on continual progress. Keep a journal to record your resolution journey. Spend some time every day reconnecting with you so that you let go of any stress that may hinder progress. A psychic or spiritual reading can also help you to identify ways you presently block your own progress. Use this insight to move towards completion of your resolution goals.