Let me ask you few quick questions: Did you make New Year’s resolutions? What are your goals? How many of you guys stuck to your resolutions for 2016? Better yet, how long did you stick to your resolutions for?
According to the NHS; “Most of us will make a New Year’s resolution – maybe to lose weight, quit smoking or drink less – but only one in 10 of us will achieve our goal.”
ONE in TEN! That stat is remarkable to read!
I should probably start off by saying welcome to 2017… The year that is going to be your year!
I know what you’re thinking “It’s the 10th of January, why are they talking about New Year’s resolutions now?!” Yes you are supposed to set New Years resolutions on the 1st but some people don’t or they’ve already broken them, so I wanted to remind you that it’s okay! This is your chance to start again and set yourself new goals instead of waiting for the 1st of the month or year to start.
Let’s dive into the steps to take when setting your goals and make 2017 your year!
Identifying your goal
Identify what you really want to achieve or what changes you want to make. Try to be as specific as you can be, creating a vision gives you a focus. Visualize the end result – see it, feel it, smell it. Now write it down and stick it somewhere in view, like a post-it on your fridge. By doing this, you are committing to your goal and it is now reality.
Dream big, but start small
No goal is too big but don’t expect drastic results over night! A New Year’s resolution doesn’t need to be anything magnificent, the key is to start small and build a habit first. For example, instead of making a resolution to lose ½ a stone this year, start by creating a habit to reach that goal – such as making a resolution to swap your morning cup of tea and slice of toast for a pot of low fat Greek yogurt with fruits.
Track your progress.
Some goals are easy to track, for example the amount of weight lost or distance run. However, not all goals can be measured by numbers so how can we track the progress of these goals? My top tip would be to use the food and exercise diary you already have. Not only is keeping a diary amazing for personal growth but it forces us to reflect on our life, our habits and our behaviours. Of create your own diary and transform the diary into your own storybook by collecting photos, motivational quotes, tips and personal thoughts to add along the way.
A problem shared is a problem halved
You already have us 😉 But make sure to tell your friends and family about your resolution and ask for their support. Chances are at least one of your friends may be planning to do something similar, such as running a half marathon or doing dry January next month, so why not team up and do it together? If not, at least you will have them to give you a pep talk when you’re having a moment of doubt or a weak moment. Also, because you’ve voiced your resolution to your nearest and dearest you’ll be more likely to stick to your resolution in order to make them proud!
Yes, things will get in the way at times and our plans won’t work out as we had imagined.. that’s life, it’s inevitable. When things go wrong we often doubt ourselves and get disheartened. The easiest option is to just give up and abandon the goal completely. One minor set-back is not failure. It’s only failure if you give up completely.
Two important things to remember are;
1.Setbacks will happen
2.You have not failed.
One of my favourite quotes which I say to myself when I’m losing my motivation:
Some obstacles can be predicted and avoided in advance. For example, if you’ve just started eating healthy and you have a meal out planned with your friends, ask to choose a restaurant which has meal options that fit with your diet. By planning ahead, you can still enjoy a meal out with friends without sacrificing your healthy streak!
I know we sound like a broken record, but sooner you get into a habit of planning ahead, the easier everything becomes. That’s a promise!
Here’s to an amazing 2017 😀