The New Year is in full swing which in many cases may mean increased anxiety as you take on new responsibilities in both your personal and professional life. In addition to all these extra tasks, not being able to even give any attention to your resolutions only two weeks into the New Year only serves to increase your anxiety.
Although research shows that only 8% of people who make resolutions actually stick them out, with some consideration you can improve your chances of making your 2015 resolutions a success.
A common mistake that many people make is setting monstrous goals. Instead make your resolution specific, with a tangible and achievable outcome. Therefore, rather than saying, “I’ll save money,” figure out how much you want to save. It’s important to research any target you want to reach to ensure that it’s realistic. Draw up a budget and ensure that if your goal is to put aside 10% of your salary each month, it’s doable. Also ask yourself what are you saving for, and what you want to do with your savings?
Getting a friend or partner to share your weight loss journey with you is a great way to ensure that you stay on track. Try finding a friend who has similar resolutions to yours so you can check in with each other on a regular basis and talk about your challenges and progress. Alternatively, ask a family member to keep you accountable.
At the start of the year many of us know what we want to change during the year ahead. It’s important to look back at the hurdles that prevented you from achieving your goals in the past year. Once you’ve identified where the hurdles lie change your process so that you receive different results. If you do fall off the wagon, don’t dwell over your failures. Accept that you missed gym for the whole week, shake off the dust and go back to gym. Making your setbacks part of your resolutions will allow you to get back up every time you fall.
Starting anything new is never easy. But if you use a different tactic to approach your goals, 2015 may work out to be your most successful year yet.