Happy New Year all! I hope 2017 brings you health, happiness and lots of good luck.
I am not really a fan of New Year Resolutions, preferring to take stock of my life and my approach as I go through the year, and make changes as I feel I need them. However, I know a lot of people feel inspired to change at the start of e new year, and often see the end of one year as the best time to make a positive statement of change. So, how do you make that resolution statement and actually make it work? Here’s some tips that work for me when I’m making a change:
Keep it simple
Don’t go overboard and try to change too much at once, because all you’re doing is setting yourself up to fail. Maybe try one small change and see how you go – you can always make more changes as you go through the year.
Choose something achievable
There’s no point in giving yourself a goal that is too far out of your reach. Starting as a size 20 and setting a goal of being a size 8 in two months is just not going to happen, and will inevitably mean you give up sooner. Start small and build. That way you can also reward yourself each time to get to a goal.
Make a statement
You might not want to tell people what you’re doing, but consider it. By making a statement about what you want to change you will be further committing yourself, and you can always ask for their help. If you don’t want to tell people – write it down and put it somewhere you can see it every day.
Do it for you – and ask yourself why
This one is important. There is no point changing something for someone else, you have to do it for yourself. It may be that they get the positive impact of your change, but you have to have yourself in mind when you’re doing it, and you have to be clear why you are making the change – what benefit will it bring?
Get yourself organised, plan how you can support yourself through the changes you’re making, and remove anything that is going to get in the way. And be positive – remember why you’re making the change and keep going!
And finally, don’t give up! If you have a slip up, don’t worry and throw all your hard work away. Just think about what happened and how you can avoid it again, remind yourself why you’re doing it, look at how far you have come, and move on.
Good Luck – let me know how you get on!