I pop yet another Lindt chocolate ball into my gob while I sit here writing this. After all, its the 27th of December and all I have been doing for 4 straight days is stuffing my face. And then I think to myself, “I wonder why I can’t lose any weight?” I’m fairly certain that my lavish eating habits over the past week has a lot to do with that. Needless to say, one of my New Year’s Resolutions will be to drop a few pounds and eat better. But how long does it usually last? This article is all about how to stick to your new year’s resolutions.
The whole aim of new year’s resolutions is usually to bring about happier and healthier versions of ourselves. And honestly, what better time of the year than when it’s starting over. It’s like a clean slate for everyone. Everyone gets to start over and have a second chance. New beginnings for the win! Basically, we want to either create new good habits or put an end to old bad habits. And this is how it can be done:
Make a Short List
A long list of changes isn’t going to help anything get done. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so whittle that list of changes down to a couple of really good changes that will make the biggest impact in your life. looking at a list of 10 or so changes will be so daunting to accomplish, and the more daunting it is, the more likely you are to procrastinate.
Dream Big, but Start Small
There’s nothing wrong with starting with a major challenge, in fact, there’s nothing better than accomplishing a massive task. To stop smoking or to lose a load of weight are not easy feats to take on. That’s why these are usually the first resolutions for people to give up on. And why do they give up? More than likely it’s because they failed to plan it out. Large dreams have to be broken down into small attainable goals with deadlines. Once the first couple of goals have been accomplished, new habits will have formed and then there’s no stopping you.
COMMIT to your New Year’s Resolutions
This step is essential. Commitment to the goals is key. Putting this commitment down on paper for yourself or even taking it public on your social media is a good way to cement your mindset for commitment.
This is easier said than done, but without motivation, it’s so easy to fall off the wagon. Let those around you know what you are trying to accomplish and let them help you. Give your partner permission to take the cigarettes or candy bar away from you. Or post some of your workout goals on your social media and be inspired by the feedback you receive from your friends. Joining support groups and getting in contact with others who are going through the same battles is also a fantastic way to stay motivated.
Celebrate the small stuff
Celebrations should not be left for the end results only. Congratulate yourself when those small goals are reached and let those around you know how proud you are of yourself. Those closest to you will be just as proud and share in your joy.
Help others to stay motivated for their New Year’s resolutions
Remember that you’re not alone in this. Everyone else has changes they want to make in the new year as well. Be that person that helps others along and sends out messages of inspiration and positivity. Being an inspiration to someone else is one of the most rewarding experiences.
All that being said, I am going to take my own advice and put these techniques to the test for my own new year’s resolutions. This coming year, I’m aiming to write a minimum of 2 blog posts per month and get my YouTube channel up and running. I need to push my kitchen designing. And I need to lose 15 kilograms (33 pounds.) I will keep you posted! Happy New Year!