Now that we are well into the New Year, you’ve probably made – or are thinking of making – some resolutions. But, can you keep them and stick to the plan? Whether you’ve decided to quit smoking, lose weight, get fit or just stop drinking alcohol for a month, there are some great things you can do to make the most of your New Year’s resolution.
Why are you making this resolution?
The first thing that needs to happen is to be clear in you mind about why you are adopting this new behavior? This should be at the root of any decision you make, and will help you greatly in sticking to your New Year’s resolution. Some questions to ask when figuring this out are: What will be the benefits of taking on this New Year’s resolution? Is it healthier lungs? A slimmer, healthier body? Increased confidence?
Some people steer away from New Year’s Resolutions because they think they are too hard to keep. But, by keeping a few essential things in mind, and using some effective tools, you’ll find yourself breezing your way to achieving some great results.
How are you going to make it happen?
Focus on how you are going to look, feel and be better having made your New Year’s resolution, and having stuck to it – no matter what! It’s also important to be regularly inspired by your New Year’s resolution decision. It helps to be proud, excited, and focused on the positive outcome that lies ahead.
Visualize the benefits
Visualizing how you will look better, or feel healthier, is also a great way to make sticking to your New Year’s resolution easier. For example, if you want to loose weight:
Imagine yourself in the summer – looking slim, attractive and fabulous – walking on a beach, or out for a ‘night on the town’. Feel how healthy you are as a result. Then, think about how you are looking and feeling better than you have in years. Know that you made all of this happen and that you alone can take the credit for making that change! Now realize that the decision you made when you gave up smoking, or overeating, has changed your relationship with yourself. Now, you take care of the body that you live in, instead of neglecting it and treating it badly.
It’s all about commitment
It’s no surprise that commitment is King when it comes to sticking to your New Year’s resolution. You can decide to change yourself ‘for the better’ in January, but it’s only real if you commit to it 100%. It’s not negotiable. You need to be completely focused and determined on achieving your goal, and your vision of who you really want to be!
It’s the little steps that count
That’s not to say that you can’t be flexible or adaptive. If something isn’t working, then figure out another way to achieve results. And remember, worrying obsessively over something won’t help either. For instance, if you’re struggling with your decision to give loved ones more time, or to be more patient with others, remember that you’re only human. Most things aren’t worth losing your mind over!
Sometimes getting just one more hour of sleep, for two or three times a week, can have a massive change on your outlook of life. Or, if you gave up drinking alcohol on the 1st of January, it only takes a few replacements with soft drinks, – juice or pure water is even better – to begin to feel the benefits.
Oh, the temptations!
And, yes, of course, there will be temptations – at social gatherings, parties, even just when hanging out with your friends. There will be temptations to eat the wrong things, to pick up a cigarette, or even to have a few “innocent” sips of beer. You’ll be persuaded to give in for all the wrong reasons – feeling bored, annoyed, frustrated, or even excited. You may even think it’s no big deal, considering you’ve done it so much before. This is natural. No one is perfect. So expect these temptations, but instead of giving in to them, imagine being strong in your commitment not to relent!
Make a list
One of the best tips I can give is to make a small list on a piece of paper and keep it by your bed – or somewhere you see it regularly. List all of your reasons for why you are adopting this new behavior. List all the positive benefits. If there’s a picture or pictures that inspire you, cut them out or copy them, then put it next to your list (you can even make a beautiful collage if you feel like it!). Read this list, and look at the pictures regularly.
When the going gets tough…
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Feeling particularly un-inspired this January? Here are some ideas for New Year’s resolutions that you can tackle:
Achieve your peak fitness
Be more patient with people (friends, family, co-workers),
Be less grumpy, or irritable
Be more motivated and positive
Think better of other people
Give up gossiping about other people’s business (let’s face it, no one really likes a gossip)
Inner qualities you will need to achieve success
These are your inner qualities that you should try to embody when tackling your New Year’s resolution: Courage, Resilience, Mental Strength, Positivity, Belief, Flexibility, Relentless Commitment, Motivation, Responsibility, Persistence, Patience, Determination, Perspective, and the keys of Absolute Certainty and Intention. And above all else ‘stick’ to your New Year’s Resolution no matter what! It’s not negotiable!