When the clock strikes 12 on January 1, you’re gifted with a blank slate ahead to make the year whatever you want. You can think about your past year, take learnings and use them to improve your next. Each year presents you with the opportunity to challenge yourself and grow.
However, the danger in this is that many people take New Year’s resolutions to the extreme and boast ‘new year, new me.’ Goals are an amazing part of life and even better when you achieve them but setting unrealistic expectations in which you have to take on a massive lifestyle change can easily lead to disappointment.
This is why we’re providing you with some easy guidelines on setting practical New Year’s resolutions you can stick with. Follow the below and impress yourself with your consistency through the year!
- Find an accountability partner. Set a goal with a friend and go on the journey together. Having someone not only keep you accountable, but also feed into your motivation when it’s lacking will be huge in maintaining consistency.
- Don’t create a New Year’s resolution that’s too drastic. It’s vital you make your goals realistic. Having a huge goal with no middle ground that requires you to make a massive leap in lifestyle changes will likely result in disappointment. It’s important to remember that each decision you make, you make for a reason and even the slightest changes don’t necessarily come easy. Start small with your resolution, then build.
- Start early. As soon as you decide on your resolution, take the necessary steps to put yourself in a position where you can achieve it. This means no barriers! The sooner you kick off the more momentum you’ll have behind you. For example, if you want to go to the gym more, make sure you have your membership set up before the new year starts. This way come January 1, you’ll be ready to start smashing goals straightaway.
- Write down all the reasons you choose your particular resolution. And put it somewhere you’ll see! Whenever you’re lacking a bit of motivation, go back to the beginning and remind yourself why your goal is important to you. By putting it somewhere noticeable you’ll have daily reminders.
- Break it down. Segment your resolution into individualised milestones and continuously reward yourself when you reach them. If you break it down, you won’t be overwhelmed and can focus on achieving one step at a time.
At the end of the day, always celebrate your tiniest achievements and be proud of the fact you have the desire to continuously grow. New Year’s presents a great time to reflect on your year, but remember you can set new goals any time, any day at any point in the year.