The first day of January marks a new page in our own 365-day book. It’s a blank canvas for us to start making changes in our lives, and many people feel that they need to redesign their lifestyle for the better. It’s all about that New Year, New Me mantra.
New Year’s resolutions usually fizzle out by the 4th or the 5th and many people fall back into their old habits only to make the same resolutions upon the next New Year. Whether it’s fitness, health, or creatively related, it is important to never give up once you have started. Results don’t always show immediately and persistence is key! Here are a few ways that you will show you how to stick to your New Year’s resolutions.
Focus on one resolution
The mistake many people make is to create too many resolutions and giving each of them half their attention. Psychologists agree that a person should only focus on one resolution at a time. If you want to lose 10 pounds, do that first before you jump into the other things you’ve got planned for the New Year.
Get a motivation buddy
Having someone help you with you New Year’s resolutions is a fun way to make sure you stick to them. You’ll have someone to do these activities with and this person will be able to motivate you into doing better. They act as a sort of external consciousness that keeps you going when you hit those lazy dips.
Be specific with your goals
People tend to decide on very general resolutions when it comes to making new promises. “Losing weight” and “Make more money” isn’t really something that a person can work towards as there is no indicator as to when enough will be enough. If you want to lose weight decide, for example, that you want to lose 100 pounds in total. Start with saying you want to lose 10 pounds in the first month. Setting up markers will help you reach your goal more effectively.
Give yourself space to make mistakes
Losing bad habits is probably one of life’s most difficult things. You have to be lenient with yourself and not serve punishment for when you do something wrong. It’s going to take time for you to get used to your new lifestyle. Set up a trial that you can follow in order to iron out all the kinks from your old bad habits. 3 or 4 weeks should be enough for you to get into your New Year’s resolution.
Visualise your results
It is so important to have a picture in your head of what you want to achieve and work towards it. A great way to visualise your end results is by writing it down in a journal or on a piece of paper where you can see it every day. Write down your measured paces and scratch them off once you have reached the milestones. This list will trick the mind in seeing it as a to-do list – something that absolutely needs to be done!