HOW TO MAKE YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS STICK

HOW TO MAKE YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS STICK

With the year among us, comes the feeling of a fresh start – 365 days to create your own journey
and that is why you set New Year’s resolutions!

Most of the goals we set are to improve our health and fitness and work towards a healthier version
of ourselves. The most challenging part is knowing “how to make your new year’s resolution stick”.
Here are some of my helpful tips to help you with your mindset and staying on track with your 2021
resolutions:

  1. Start by reflecting on the year 2020 – Write down the key lessons you have learnt from it.
    This will help determine your visions and goals for 2021.
  2. Goal setting – Start small and set realistic goals. Setting smaller goals have been proven to be
    a more reasonable way to accomplish your new year resolutions. When setting your
    resolutions for 2021, it is important they are linked to meaningful goals and values that can
    sustain motivation. E.g. I will cycle for at least 30 minutes around my local area with my
    friend every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. Having a buddy with the same
    mindset and goals creates a greater sense of accountability and social enjoyment that assists
    with long term motivation, engagement, and achievements.
  3. Visualising your path to success – Imagining your desired positive outcomes and visualising
    your goals can help maintain focus and discipline. Some examples of using visual cues are
    placing post-it notes with your goal weight on your fridge or on your mirror, save positive
    expressions on your phone lock screen to be read often that will constantly remind yourself
    why you are doing what you are doing, and positive affirmations are also a personal
    reflection that are key to staying on track.
  4. Daily/Weekly planner – Design a visual planner on your phone or write one out that breaks
    down your working week, scheduled appointments and the hours remaining in your day.
    Some self-care examples I use are exercise sessions, reading or listening to podcasts for
    personal/professional development or adding in your specific goals and resolutions. This will
    create a positive outlook to your goals, assist with routine and developing new habits and
    commitment to change. Establishing new lifestyle behaviours will prompt your 2021
    outcomes.
  5. Reward yourself – The key to staying motivated is celebrating your wins and enjoying small
    progress gains along the way. Examples: massage, pedicure/manicure, going to a sporting
    event. Also, your rewards do not always have to be “eating out”, they are what interest you.
Making it stick!

Create your own commitment contract, sign it, and stick to it. Be sure to include all the above useful
and practical tools to keeping you on track and mapping your path to a positive 2021 and beyond.

Developing habits early in the year will create positive long-term success and happiness. Just
remember consistency is key to success!

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