New Year’s Resolutions are notoriously hard to keep, but now these tips could help to keep us on track with our goals.
Apparently, research shows that 50 per cent of us make promises to cut down on things such as cigarettes or alcohol at the start of every new year, but only 10 per cent actually stick with it.
According to the Huffington Post the only way to stay on the resolution wagon for the coming year, is to abide by the ‘the three Rs.’
These are Reminder, Routine and Reward. The reminder triggers the routine, which in turn, triggers the reward, sound reasonable?
So, here are the simple tips to remind yourself when you’re struggling with quitting your vices…
Resolutions need to be achievable and realistic in order for you to achieve them. For example, don’t cut alcohol or your favourite, unhealthy treats out entirely, have them every other day or once every few days to ease the cravings.
One thing at a time
If you have too many goals in mind, it’s much more difficult to kick anything to the curb at all. So the advice is pick one, do it well and then turn your attention to the next.
Channel your inner SMART
This is basically objective setting and can be applied to your new year’s goals too. It stands for specific, measureable, achievable, realist and time-bound.
Share your goals
If you tell people close to you what your plans are, they can act as a support to help you stay on course and away from whatever it is you’re trying to avoid.
Use a buddy
Changing your habits alone can be extremely tricky, requiring plenty of will-power and determination. This can be even harder if your friends and family engage in bad habits with you, so if you change things together, you will increase your chances of achieving your aims.
Lapses are going to happen, you’re not a machine and you shouldn’t feel guilty about it when they do crop up. It may sound cheesy, but it’s all part of your journey and life-long habits can take years to shake off. Just learn from these, pick yourself up and start again tomorrow.
You may have read all this and then thought it all just sounds too much, but do persevere if you want to make a change as the research showed that those who make clear resolutions are ten times more likely to achieve them than those who don’t.
Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to success.
Happy New Year!