New year’s resolution are made by everyone – even those who don’t particularly believe you need to wait until January 1st to change your life for the better! The hard part is sticking to them. Why? Because it usually means giving up on something or having to do something for something that will benefit us long term.
Habits are hard to form, but this is usually because we focus on the thing we don’t want to do and don’t see the ‘overnight’ success that we really crave. So how can we, very easily, start getting excited about the day to day goals?
Sticking To Your New Year’s Resolution – Reverse Engineering
The reason that we, as a nation, tend to ‘drop off’ our New Year Resolutions around the 12th of January is because we still feel uncomfortable, the habit hasn’t formed yet (they say it takes 31 days of sticking to a new habit to form) and our goal is SO far away.
You can easily rectify this mind set by reverse engineering where you want to be a year from now, then a month from now, then a week from now.
Writing out our year, month and week goals – one after another – allows us to easily visualise the importance of this week in the bigger picture of what we really want.
Those initial uncomfortable times will become a little more bearable, your goals will become much more attainable, and the satisfaction of achievement and reward will be much more frequent – which forms habits and removes the uncomfortable feeling of change!
How To Stick To Your New Year’s Resolution – An Example
Let’s say your New Year Resolution is to lose 2 stone of body fat in 2016.
Some might say that goal is ‘too big’ and you need shorter, more attainable goals. In reality, we NEED this goal to fuel our short-term goals. If we’re going to change, we want phenomenal results, right?
So we structure our goals – which we write out every day by hand – like this:
- My Year Goals – Lose 2 stone of body fat
- My January Goals – Lose 2lbs
- My Week Goals – Lose half a pound
Your goal is no longer to lose 2 stone, it’s to lose half a pound. Pretty easy, right? So what’s the final cherry on top? Executing your plan.
Putting Your New Year’s Resolution In To Action
The final tip is to write down your action points under the header of your goal, so you now visualise why you’re doing it.
Do you write out a Workout plan to take to the gym? You should. But even more so, try hand writing at the top “Do this and smash my half a pound week goal!”, followed by your work out plan.
Personally, I do this for everything and it lights a fire of inspiration in my belly to not only do what I have to do but most importantly, enjoy the process. I can literally FEEL myself getting closer to my goals whilst putting in the hard work required.
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We have some incredible stories of how people completely changed their appearance, their happiness and their drive for life through smashing their goals in 2015! Next up, is you!
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