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How to set New Years Resolutions that will stick

Written by Tanya Lee

It’s that time of the year again where we start to think about the changes we want to bring into our lives and use the new year as an opportunity to set goals. All sounds great in theory, right? Then why do so many of us fail? Why after a couple of weeks if not days those exciting resolutions are all but forgotten about?

Here’s 8 simple tips to help you make this the year when your resolutions STICK- 12 months and beyond!

  1. Make you goals realistic

Set yourself up for success, be SMART (that is follow the acronym and make your goals Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely)! A realistic goal should push you but not be necessarily be easy. Make your goals specific so instead of “I’ll start a movement regime in 2020”, make your goal: “In 2020 I’ll join Heal’r and commit to 3 classes per week” or “I want to meditate more”, make the goal “I will mediate each night before bed for 10 minutes.”

  1. Become REALLY clear

Becoming super clear on what you are wanting to achieve is the most critical step. Try to think of your goal on an energetic level, tap in to how you will feel once you have achieved your goal. Come back to this feeling on days where you lack motivation or when self-doubt creeps in. For example, if you are wanting to lose weight, instead of focusing on the weight you want to lose, imagine how good you are going to feel with all the new found energy you have in feeling fitter and healthier in your body.

  1. Come up with your action plan

What steps do you need to follow to achieve your goal? Write down small, attainable steps and how you plan to achieve them. For example, if your resolution is to eat less processed food and more fruit and vegetables, start by being prepared with ready to eat, washed and cut fruits and vegetables, have these in your fridge at home and work so they are convenient, easy snacks when needed.

  1. Declare your resolutions

Make your resolutions public! You don’t have to tell the world however research shows that when we share our resolutions with a friend or colleague, we are more likely to succeed. “Sharing our goals holds us accountable, so it’s harder to back out,” John Norcross, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Scranton. Be sure to schedule regular check ins with your friend to make sure you’re staying on track. Or better still find a buddy that has the same goal as you and you can smash it together!

  1. Be ok to make changes to your goal

You might find once you begin that your goal was a little unrealistic or your goals could change. Be sure to check in with yourself regularly and make tweaks to your original goal as needed.

      6. Enjoy the journey

Celebrate the little wins along the way! If your goal is to run a half marathon, don’t wait until the finish line to celebrate. Track your progress and celebrate getting faster or it getting easier and enjoy those little milestones you make along the way.

  1. Be gentle on yourself.

Making changes are a big deal, be ok with slipping up from time to time. “Having a lapse is common. In fact, 75 percent of resolution makers slip up within the first two months,” John Norcross, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Scranton. Rather than getting frustrated or feeling guilty, acknowledge the slip up and get back on track!

  1. Believe in yourself!

Our final but most crucial step is your mindset! Henry Ford states, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” It’s important to remind yourself that you are capable of making your desired change and it’s time to embrace that wholeheartedly!

So now get out your pen and paper and make that vision board you’ve been putting off and let’s make 2020 the best one yet!

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