5 ways to make lasting new year resolutions
The trendy thing to do lately seems to be dissing new years resolutions. I can understand why this is of course. Resolutions are generally radical and sudden changes in lifestyle which almost never last, hence the bad rep they’ve acquired.
But despite the almost comical and inevitable failure of the common new year resolutions, I urge you not to give up on them completely. With the fresh energy of the new year arriving, you have the opportunity to create some beneficial new habits in your life, which you may like to call resolutions.
Here’s how to make sure your resolutions will stick:
1. Choose a lifestyle change that’s already been trying to creep into your life recently. For example 6 weeks ago you may have begun taking long walks on weekends. Because that’s gone well now might be a good time to add more exercise into your routine. Join a fitness class, hire a trainer or add a second walk into your week. This way you’ve already proven to yourself that you can do the initial steps to get you to your next goal.
2. Commit to something that will also change the areas of your life that are most important to you. If you are an entrepreneur and love working but know you ‘should’ lose weight by eating better and drinking less. Write down as many ways that losing weight and improving your health will also improve your business. Knowing how something you don’t have much interest in will improve something you have a great deal of interest in will give you motivation to make the necessary changes.
3. Work out the specifics. If your resolution is to lose weight, there is no direction in that for you to follow. So make sure you specifically state what you are going to do to lose weight. i.e I resolve to stop eating cakes, to eat vegetables as my main source of carbohydrate and to walk for 20 minutes every morning before work.
4. Use a positive affirmation. Whenever faced with a challenging situation, like cake, repeat a phrase at least 8 times in your mind to encourage yourself to keep up with your resolution ‘I am making new choices to get the body I’ll love’ or ‘I feel fitter, healthier and slimmer when I avoid sugar’
5.Monitor your progress. Take note of all the changes you notice, your energy, how your clothes fit, how well you sleep, your moods, absence of ailments etc. As we change we often forget what we were like before, so it’s important to keep track of where your were when you began and how you’re improving.
I’d love to hear what your new year resolutions are for 2013, so please share them in the comments below.
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Happy New Year!