For many of us, January marks a month of new beginnings – all backed by good intentions. Here are some fool-proof ways to ensure that your resolutions not only stick, but transform you into the best you that you can be.Ditch the ‘diet’
If eating better is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, think of it as just that – not about eating more or less or nothing at all. The best diet is not a diet at all, but rather a life-long, sustainable journey towards better nourishment.
With any New Year goal you set, you must be specific. If your goal is to eat healthier, you must define precisely what that statement entails. Say something like “I am going to eat three cups of vegetables each day,” which is a clear and focused intention.
Just as you want to make your goals specific, they should also be measurable. With the above-mentioned example, your intent is measurable, and you can measure out three cups of vegetables each day.
By all means, set larger-than-life goals, but make sure that they are attainable. If your goal is to run a marathon, and you’ve never set foot in a pair of running sneakers in your life, then chances are you are not going to come close to your 26.2 target. Set smaller, more realistic goals that are easily attainable. These will set the foundation for future success.
Too often, we set goals with the desires of others in mind. Your goals are yours only – they should not only be specific, measurable and attainable, but realistic for you and where you are in your life. Set goals that make sense for you, not someone else. When your heart is in it, your physical and mental self will be invested, too.
Any goal you set should be time specific. Setting smaller goals in shorter increments will make achieving your larger goals much easier.
Let’s face it – life happens. Sometimes we get derailed from our goals, and that is okay. Recognising that things will get in the way – and planning creative ways to overcome those hurdles accordingly – is the key to sustained success.
Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions
10 Read more
9 Travel more
8 Learn a new hobby
7 Not make resolutions
6 Get organised
5 Spend more time with family and friends
4 Spend less, save more
3 Enjoy life to the fullest
2 Lose weight
1 Stay fit and healthy
Source: Nielsen, 2015