Woah we’re half way there!! Well half way through the first week of 2017 at least which means the resolutions are probably starting to kick in and that leftover Christmas chocolate is looking sooo tempting – but no! We must resist.
I find with New Years resolutions we seem to fail or give up in the first month an then go back to our old ways and I am no stranger to this. But it apparently only takes 21 days to make or break a habit so here are some tips to help you through the first 21 days of January.
Make a plan: When you were in school did your teachers ever say if you fail to prepare then prepare to fail? Well they were kinda right. Make a plan whether it is a food and exercise plan, a scheduled time to read or a mini challenge to write down what you are grateful for. If you make a plan and write it down you are more likely to stick to it.
Make time: It’s all good making a plan but if you don’t make the time to go through with it then what’s the point. If you can’t make the time to go to the gym, write in your diary, see friends and family then how can you expect to stick to your resolutions.
Get a friend involved: Things are usually better in pairs. If you get a friend on board with your resolution then you are more likely to stick at it because you don’t want to let them down and they won’t want to do the same to you.
Out of sight out of mind: If one of your goals is to lose weight or eat healthy then get all that Christmas chocolate, fudge and sweet stuff out of the house. You could just lock it in a cupboard for a special occasion but common lets face it, you’ll go rooting for it late one night on a sugar binge. Just chuck it all away!
Reward yourself: Don’t focus on how far you have to go but how far you’ve come. Set mini goals along the way and reward yourself as you reach them. If it is to revise more or write your dissertation then set a reward for every thousand words you write or every topic you revise.
Make it fun: Never let anything feel like a chore. Once you stop enjoying it then you stop wanting to do it. If exercising is your resolution then stop doing stuff you hate and find a class or activity you enjoy. Zumba, spinning, swimming and yoga offer the same advantages as going to the gym does but they can be a lot more fun.
Tell people about it: Unless you really really don’t to share your resolution because it’s embarrassing like to stop picking your nose then make sure you shout about it. Tell your friends and family you are going to do a 5K, you are writing a book or you doing a yearly challenge. The more people who know about it the more people you have to encourage you!
It doesn’t really matter what you put in place to try and stick to your goals. If you want to do it then you will. If you don’t then you’re just making it even harder for yourself.
Fingers crossed we can all get through January!
What are your goals for 2017 and how are you making sure you stick to them?
© Emmi Bowles