“New Year, new me” – that’s what we tell ourselves every January. We make a list of resolutions, all our desires to change over the following 12 months. More often than not, they fall before February’s through.
So here is my very own survival guide (of sorts).
1. Grab a buddy. Find someone who has the same or similar resolution to you, you’ll motivate each other during those days you just want to give in.
2. Be realistic. Don’t overestimate success, and try to keep short-term goals. Long-term goals are achievable, but having short-term in mind will be sure to keep you motivated, and give you the belief in yourself to reach the long-term.
3. Write it down. It sounds obvious, but writing your resolutions on a post-it note serves as a friendly reminder. Keeping a diary of your progress is a great method to keep you motivated.
4. Bribe yourself. Be it at the end of the month or when you reach a goal, give yourself a small reward. A bar of chocolate, that DVD you were wanting to buy or just a day off, whatever it may be.
5. Don’t be disheartened if you break a resolution. Resolutions can be restarted, they’re not confined to being a New Year ‘deal’.
6. Focus on one resolution at a time. You’ll increase your chances of success, as opposed to juggle keeping half a dozen separate resolutions.
Good luck with your resolutions!