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Top 5 Tips To Make Your New Years Resolutions Stick!

What is it about New Years that makes us feel that this time we can actually stick to our goals? Is it the prospect of a fresh start? Do we feel that somehow the sins and unrealised goals of last year have been washed away as the calendar marks the end of one year and the beginning of another?

So are New Years resolutions a good idea or not? Are we just setting ourselves up for another chance to fail? Lose weight, more work-life balance, drink less, eat less, quit smoking, are we really ready to make it work this time?

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes of your goals

If you are serious about change in your life, you have to get serious about your goals! How do you make sure this year is different to all the others? How do you make sure this year you get what you
really want?

Try these top 5 tips if you are ready to make your New Years Resolutions count!

Write it down
The first step to being more accountable with your New Years Resolutions is to make sure you write your goals down. As the saying goes, goals that aren’t written down are just wishes. For years studies have shown us that people who write their goals down are more likely to succeed than those who don’t.

But it’s not enough to just write them down, you have to come back and revisit them often. Don’t just shove them in the bottom of your sock draw where they will never be heard from again. You have to keep them somewhere visible or put them in a place you know you are going to come back to. The more we see our goals the more it reminds of us of what we are trying to achieve.

Enlist the help of a friend or loved one
The second stage of making yourself more accountable is to put yourself out there! Just by telling someone else about your goal you are increasing your chances of sticking to it because you know they know! And you can be sure that every time they see you they are going to ask ‘So how’s it going with your goal?’.

Another option is to find someone who has the same goal and work on it together. If you have a friend who wants to lose weight as well you can workout together, keep each other honest with weekly weigh ins or even give each other advice or tips that you find are working for you. It’s so much easier (and fun) if you have your own personal support system.

Make your goals specific and realistic
It’s not enough just to list your resolution down as ‘I want to lose weight’. How much weight do you want to lose? By when? How are you going to do it? You need to get really specific with the details of your goals so you can measure success. I like to break my goals down into mini milestones so they don't seem so hard to achieve. And when I reach my first mini milestone I celebrate that success. And that gives me a little boost to reach the next mini milestone. Before you know it you’ve reached your goal!

Being specific means not working on too many goals at once. Don’t get bogged down in change fatigue; being overwhelmed by too much change in your life. If you are serious about making change choose just a couple of goals to work on at a time. Once you reach these goals theres nothing stopping you starting on some fresh goals then (and you don’t even have to wait until next New Years Eve to do it!).

Make it the right choice
Did you have a rough new years? Feeling a little seedy today? Resolutions that are made at 2am on the cab ride home on New Years day have the least chance of success. Don’t make resolutions while you are feeling at your worst. Make sure you are making the right choice for the right reason. Really put some thought into coming up with your resolutions and make sure this is the change you want.

Pick a compelling reason? Not just I want to quit smoking? Why? Are you doing it to save money so you can go on a life changing holiday? Are you doing it so you can compete in a mini marathon? Or are you doing it for your loved ones because you know you don’t want to be smoking yourself into an early grave. Pick a reason and then write that down too!

Make a decision!
Lastly you need to make a decision that this is definitely what you want and you are going to go for it! Don’t go in half hearted! Don’t give yourself the chance to fail. Know that this is what you heart really desires and that you are ready to make the change despite the challenges that will inevitably come. Unless you are 100% committed to the goal, then your chances of success are limited.

Now go do it! Make a choice and own it. This is going to be your year!!

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