With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, you will no doubt be thinking new year, new me. However, no matter how hard you try, keeping resolutions is one of the hardest things, especially if your heart is just not in it.
Luckily, help is here and it comes in the shape of my five handy tips:
Don’t try to change too many things at once.
If you want to give up smoking, make sure it is the only habit that you are trying to break. You won’t have to energy or will power to be able to take on something else. You will be able to succeed more if you try to change one big thing rather than a host of little things that don’t really matter.
People will only usually stick to their resolution for the first two weeks. This is because they go at it all full force and peak too soon. If you want your resolution to stick you need to start slow and steady. This way it won’t feel like it is affecting your whole life. If you have decided that 2014 is the year you start running, start by only going out once or twice a week. You will build up a resilience and it won’t be a chore.
Keep it real.
Don’t make resolutions that will be so out of reach you will never be able to succeed. Again, keep them small. If you want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, go you. However, when it comes to acting on your resolution you may have just made it too big to be able to realise. If you do fancy hiking up over 19,000ft break it into little mini feats first. Try climbing Carrauntoohil to get you started and work your way up from there.
Tell everyone you meet what your resolution is. This will make it harder to give up on it. Nobody wants to look like a failure or hear someone say “ah, I knew you would give up.” Having people constantly asking you how you are getting on will keep you motivated.
Remember, it doesn’t have to be now.
Just because it is a new year doesn’t mean you have to become your ‘new you’ straight away. For some, starting in February or May or any other month can make it easier to succeed. If you want to break a habit or start something new you need to be in the right frame of mind, and this might not necessarily be on a very hungover January 1st.
Good luck! 🙂