Happy New Year to all our readers! 2015 marks a new beginning, new people to meet, new adventures, new memories to create and turning over a new leaf. I may not be an expert on giving tips or advice but I am so tired of setting New Years Resolutions year in, year out and not achieving them! I always promise myself.. this year I am going to achieve xyz and I know myself so well that this year will be no different if I don’t do something different.
I am sure there are many of you like me who struggle to keep or achieve your New Years Resolutions. I have done a bit of research and here are 5 tips to help you keep your New Years Resolutions (this is what I will be doing):
- Set Goals or Milestones instead of New Years Resolutions – Instead of setting one big resolution, break it up into many goals or milestones. In this way it doesn’t seem so daunting and is easier in achieving it over time.
- Set realistic Resolutions for yourself – I know that I won’t be able to lose 10 kilos in one month. This is simply unrealistic. If you would like to lose 10 kilos then give yourself enough time to do so. I’ve made this mistake too many times where I set a goal for myself to be completed in a short space of time. Look at the goal/ milestone/ new years resolution you’ve set and try to determine the amount of work required and give yourself more than enough time to complete it.
- Write down all your goals/ milestones/ new years resolutions – I recently wrote all my goals down for 2015 as I tend to be really forgetful. And in this way I have something as a reminder that I can always refer to and track my progress. I wrote it in a notebook as I still love the idea of paper and notebooks but you can record it in any manner you want e.g. in a video, voice note, on your computer or laptop etc
- Tell someone about your goals/ milestones/ new years resolutions – If you feel comfortable, tell someone in your inner circle about one or more of your goals/ milestones/ new years resolutions. In this way you can gather honest feedback, support and they can also encourage you.
- Persevere – This I find the most challenging because usually by February I’ve given up or forgotten about my resolutions. No matter how long it takes you, keep trying! I’m not going to give up and will be so proud of myself knowing that by the end I kept going.
What are some of your New Years Resolutions for this year? And what tips do you have for others? Please do share!