The start of a new year is an opportune time to reflect on and review what you have, or have not accomplished so far in your life and indeed, the year that has just passed.
It is the time of year, when you tell yourself it’s finally time to declutter, clear out your wardrobe and sell those size 8 dresses you have had for 25 years, that you’ve been reluctant to get rid off, but time to get real…you’ve been a size 14/16 for the past 10 years…and anyway vintage is on trend so some young hipster will snap them up surely – if you auction them on Ebay or set up an online shop on Etsy. You could use the money to give your living space a makeover, buy some seeds to start growing your own vegetables, or use it to pay for the piano lessons you’ve been dreaming of taking since way back.
Perhaps in 2016 you will get brave and transition from your secure but no longer fulfilling day job to become a mobile beauty therapist; divorce your husband; try out online dating; take up chakra dancing; pilates or whatever….it’s that time of the year…….to dream big!
But, according to Professor of Psychology and author of ’59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot’, Richard Wiseman, all too often New Year’s resolutions fail because people try to do too much too soon and don’t seek the right support to help them achieve their goals and advises us of 10 ways to keep our New Year Resolutions;-
- One Thing At A Time – many of us make the mistake of trying to achieve too much instead of deciding on what is important to us and making just one resolution. The chance of success is greater when we channel our energy into changing a single aspect of our behaviour at a time.
- Plot Your Success – find a way of charting your achievements. Keep a journal, or cover your fridge or notice board with graphs or pictures.
- Try Something New – repeating resolutions you have failed to keep before is a recipe for disappointment. Set a new goal, or approach an old aim in a new way. For example, instead of trying to lose a set amount of weight, vow to exercise more.
- Be Specific – think about exactly what you are going to do, where and when. Vague plans fail. For example, instead of saying that you will go running on two days each week, decide you will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays straight after work.
- Set S.M.A.R.T Goals – make sure your goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-based (SMART). For example, instead of simply saying you want to find a new job, come up with bite-sized goals for each week, such as rewriting your CV then applying for a job each week. Map out small steps that will slowly but surely take you to where you want to be, write them down and stick to the plan.
- Carrot, Not Stick – motivate yourself by focusing on the positive, rather than beating yourself up about your failings. Think how much better life will be for you, and those around you, when you achieve your aims.
- Go Public – many of us prefer to keep our New Year’s resolutions to ourselves. Unfortunately, this makes it all too easy to simply forget about them. Instead, go public. Write down your resolution on a large sheet of paper, sign it, and place it somewhere prominent in your home. Tell your friends, family and workmates and ask them to support you. For example, if you want to lose weight, ask colleagues not to offer you biscuits with your tea.
- Be Persistent – new habits take time to learn, and once in a while you will slip up and revert to the old you. Most of us give in to temptation occasionally, whether it is a cream cake or a crafty cigarette.
- Get Image Conscious – visualise yourself doing whatever you need to do to achieve your resolution. Focusing on this image will help you believe in your ability to succeed.
- Be Positive – you will get better results from thinking about the good things that will come from your new lifestyle rather than the negative aspects of your old habits.
What will you be doing or using to help you attain your goals for 2016? Who will support you?
If you are feeling stuck, directionless, or lacking inspiration and need some support why not book yourself onto to my Create a Vision Board for 2016 Workshop on Saturday, 16th January in London. You will spend the morning in a supportive environment, clarifying and sharing your ideas/dreams with others and have fun creating your own personalised vision board which you will take away with you to inspire and motivate you into taking action towards achieving your goals and fulfilling your 2016 resolutions.
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See you there x