How long did your new year’s resolution last?

So, we are just over a week into this brand spanking new year and no doubt most of you had at least one (some of you may have had a list) new year’s resolution. They could be anything from going to the gym/fitness goals or giving up smoking/drinking to quitting your job and traveling around the world. You will have inspired visions of yourself having succeeded in achieving these goals and basically winning at 2015, however the sad fact is that only around 8% of new years resolutions actually eventuate and/or last the full year. In fact over 25% of us give up within the first week!

So Why Do We Even Bother?

It feels like it’s a combination of reasons, part of us wants to shake off the things we didn’t like from last year and make this year the best one ever, part of us wants to show other people how awesome we can be and part of it is just to feel good about ourselves and have a goal to work towards. Some people get quite competitive over their resolutions and some don’t tell anyone, whatever the reason, it is a chance to try something new, to better ourselves, just make sure you are doing it for the right reasons, you have to be doing it for you.

So you may be wondering, am I a guru on sticking to new years resolutions? No, but if you want some of my thoughts on how we can improve our chances on sticking to them here goes:

  • Set a clear definable and realistic goal: e.g. I want to lose 10kg this year or I want to run a marathon by the end of the year. Saying you just want to get fitter is like telling a chef in a restaurant you want their food to taste better, better how?!? At the same time, don’t pick a goal that is completely ridiculous and impossible to achieve in a year, you are not superman/woman so don’t expect yourself to be.
  • Be held accountable: Find at least two people who can be your accountability partners, people who you can explain your goals to and who will remind you (in a non-nagging way) and help you keep on track. Then you automatically have people to celebrate your success with when you…
  • Celebrate your victories:  Set yourself milestones and celebrate when you achieve them, not by doing something conflicting with your goal, but by doing something embracing your goal. E.g. if your goal is to lose weight, when you drop a dress size, treat yourself with a new outfit.
  • Learn from your failures: You are going to have slip-ups, you will have failures, but that is OK, the key is to get back on the horse and learn from them. Analyse why you had that cigarette or why you had that drink, what can you do to avoid it next time?
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help: most likely your resolution is going to have some components that you haven’t done before, so ask for help, everyone was new at everything once so they will understand.
  • Make it fun: If you want to get fit, there is no point trying to do it in a boring way, take some music you love and blast it while you do your morning run to some of the beautiful places in your city. Laugh, smile and enjoy yourself.

My New Year’s Resolution

Mine is a really simple one (and only one) this year, I am going to write in my positivity journal every day this year. It is for me and only me. I have my Mum and my partner who know about it and I am sure will help keep me on track with it if and when I fall off the wagon. It might seem like a small goal to most of you, but for me, knowing I have done positive things everyday is a big thing. It is clear and simple, just the way I like it. That’s my resolution, but what’s yours? Share it in the comments below, you never know who you might inspire!

So there we have it, my new year’s resolution post, 9 days into the new year. If you haven’t picked a new year’s resolution or you’ve already lost track of it, it isn’t too late to start or try again now, remember it’s for you!

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