The majority of resolutions are broken within weeks, or even days, with only around 8% of people following through on their goals. So how do you become one of those few people who actually succeed at what they set out to do?
Here are a few top tips:
Set yourself small targets to achieve throughout the year rather than one hugely ambitious, but difficult goal. You will feel so much better about yourself as you learn how to set and experience lots of mini-successes such as losing 5 pounds, or using the gym at least once a week for a month.
There will inevitably be times when you are tired, bored, lazy or distracted from your goal. Plan ahead for these moments of weakness and decide how you will deal with them. Then, if you do slip up don’t use it as an excuse to give up.
You might feel like overhauling your whole life but beware of trying to change too much, too soon. Most people who do this find they can’t achieve all their goals in one go. Success is much more likely if you have a definite focus on one or two of your most important goals, which will also help maintain your willpower.
Using a physical reminder of what you’re aiming for will help keep you on track. You could just write your progress in a notepad, or go the whole hog and make a scrapbook with photos of you being active and looking healthy, a holiday destination you want to visit, positive affirmations or anything else that inspires you to unlock your winning mindset.
To stay motivated over the weeks you should reward yourself for each benchmark you reach. Create a list of them to motivate you in your weaker moments. However, make sure you don’t let a reward sabotage your goals; slip ups can be costly!
It’s easy to blame other people, your work, the dog, when things don’t go right. But instead, remind yourself that you are the only one who can take action to change your life and how to respond to setbacks. Take responsibility and control without blaming others and you will see a difference more quickly.