What are the top ten resolutions in 2016?
- Lose Weight
- Getting Organised
- Spend less, Save More
- Enjoy life to the fullest
- Staying fit & healthy
- Learn something exciting
- Quit smoking
- Help others achieve their dreams
- Fall in love
- Spend more time with Family
Look familiar? Each year we promise to make more time for what makes us happy. Well now, that doesn’t sound too hard does it? As we celebrate the new year almost half of the population make resolutions to be better.
The percentage of people who succeed in implementing a positive change? Just 7%!
Don’t let this scare you as even a simple, tiny thought or good intention is enough to plant a seed for change. But gosh darnit, how can I join this elite 7%?
Clearly define your goals.
How easy it is with the excitement of a fresh start to announce ’This year I’m going to get fit & lose weight’. But what does this mean to you? Be specific.
Why do you want to lose weight & get fit?
How are you going to achieve this?
The more questions you ask yourself the more specific you can be. Then write them down. You’re 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you put them to paper.
Track your progress
Keep track of your achievements toward your goal. Not just the grand markers either, like the 10km run. I’ve found that usually the little achievements show the biggest results. That 5 minute after dinner stroll may be the difference between passing on dessert & feeling amazing & strong. Versus gorging on the cheesecake & feeling awful. Don’t forget to track your slip ups too, they’ll help you identify your plateus & bad habits. You can only change them when you’re aware of them.
Keep yourself accountable
Let friends know of your goals, maybe you can even recruit one as a healthy buddy. If they can’t physically be there to support you, why not just report back to them or ask them to check in.
Hold yourself accountable by scheduling the actions into your diary as if they were an appointment. For example if your resolution is to exercise more & an extra yoga class on a Monday evening is achievable, then write it down as if it were an appointment. Tick.
Don’t be so hard on yourself. Learn to forgive
You will most probably lose sight of your good intention. Life has this way of getting in the way (pesky life) but I’m betting the 7% didn’t succeed first attempt. It’s what they did when they fell that separates them from the 93%.
One of the questions I ask myself daily is, ‘am I worth it?’.
Are you worth feeling stronger, kinder, sexier, healthier, happier??
Big love, Jeanie x