Happy New Year everyone! I know we’re well into double figures in January now but there you go, I still said it – Happy New Year!
We got to 2020 sooooo fast and I can’t believe that I’ll be finishing my course in the next few months… aaarrgggghhh, I need to get a move on quick. Ok, panic over!
I’m guessing that loads of people have kick-started the new year with some form of resolution, which means a fresh start, right? New year, new you and all that jazz. Personally, I don’t make new year’s resolutions unless it’s something I want to do and believe that I can achieve.
Do you see that person parachuting right there? Yep, that’s not me! Haha.
I’m pretty sure that among the most popular New Year’s resolutions are exercise more, lose weight, learn a new skill or hobby, save money, spend more time with family and friends and so on. If I had to put these resolutions into order of which ones I’ve tried and failed at, I wouldn’t know where to begin.
Rule number 1 – Keep it real
Being honest with yourself about where you’re at and where you want to be is the key to keeping resolutions. There’s absolutely no point in setting new year’s resolutions that are way too vague – “I want to lose weight year” (says the person that had a fast food takeaway every Friday in 2019) – or setting expectations way too high – “I’m going to try a bungee jump this year” (says the person that’s terrified of heights and was drunk when they said it).
Setting unrealistic expectations will cause you to fail before the end of January, so keep it real and take practical steps to reach your goals.
If you really want to lose weight this year, why not keep a food diary to observe your eating habits and make smaller changes like removing a single unhealthy food from your diet or reducing the amount of food you’re eating to control your portions.
And if you feel like doing something spontaneous this year, plan your what, when and how, but be specific.
Rule number 2 – Timing is everything!
Yes it’s a new year but new you? Maybe not just yet.
Ever wondered why New Year’s resolutions rarely make it past the month of January? I’ll tell you why – it’s because a new year always follows straight after the ‘happy’ holiday season and just when people are dealing with the January blues and the harsh realities of heading back to work and study, the motivation and commitment needed to see it through just doesn’t match the mood for this time of year!
So whatever your goals, break it down into smaller chunks and it won’t be so overwhelming. Don’t put it off until 1 January either – start when you’re ready and able to commit.
Rule number 3 – Money matters
Are there costs associated with you reaching your New Year’s resolution?
If you resolution involves saving more, spending less, doing better with finances, buying a house etc., then set specific goals. Look closely at how you can save by breaking down expenses into small and more manageable saving opportunities – bypass your usual morning coffee, drive past the fast food drive-thru and take packed lunches to work etc.
Every penny that can be saved will help you.
So, how do you stick to New Year’s Resolutions?
You can’t run before you can walk, right? So be realistic – look at what’s in front of you, decide how you’re going to achieve it and take small steps to get there.
Thanks for reading.