With New Year’s Eve only 5 days away, it’s time to start thinking about setting those all important new year’s resolutions. But how do you set them and then actually stick to them? The trick is setting realistic goals that you actually want to complete! But that isn’t the only think you can do to ensure you complete them, so here are my top tips for setting goals that you will actually want to complete, and then sticking to them:
- Reflect on the past year: one of my best tips for sticking to new years’ resolution is to look back at the last year and reflect on your successes and failures, look at why you succeeded and why you failed, and try to build your resolutions around your thoughts. Here are my reflections on the year of 2014!
- Look forward: Look for any opportunities to complete your goals and any barriers, have you got a holiday coming up? A month of birthdays? Exams? Deadlines at work/ school? If you have a holiday and want to get fit, set the holiday as your deadline, and use this as motivation to get working out! If you have a month of birthdays then weight-loss goals might be set back a bit, so be aware of these barriers and then when you have to face them, you don’t have the excuse of “Oh well I have a load of birthdays this month so that goal was unrealistic, lets just give up”
- SMART Goal Setting. S.M.A.R.T is a type of goal setting which stands for: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. An example of a SMART goal would be: “I want to be able to run 5K at 6.3mph by the end of March 2015, using this workout plan.”
- Keep it positive: Ensure that all of your resolutions are positive, and will take you in a positive direction, for example: eating healthier, getting fitter, moving careers, studying harder, get a part time job, save more etc.. Focus on what you will do, not what you will not do, and whether you reach your goals or not, focus on how far you’ve come, not how far you have to go.
- Plan and Reward yourself: Make a plan, and set out key milestones, and celebrate when you reach these milestones, that will keep your motivation going to get to the next one. At each of these milestones, plan a reward for yourself, this will give you something to look forward to!
- Find a partner: Working together with friends and family will keep you all motivated, and you are more likely to reach your goal together. It’s Better Together!
- Limit your goals to 10 at the very maximum, and write them down! Having only a few and confirming them in writing means less to focus on and by writing them down, you have a physical contract with yourself, which you are more likely to stick to!
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