The start of a new year puts a lot of pressure on people to reinvent or ‘better’ themselves. While I’m not big on resolutions personally I can see the appeal and so here are 5 simple steps to help you stay on track.
1. REMIND YOURSELF WHY YOU’RE MAKING A CHANGE
No matter what yout goal is, whether work or health or money related remind yourself why you want to make the change. Write down what you plan to achieve and set small goals en route to your ultimate goal. Post it notes come in handy at this point. Pop them around your room/flat etc to help remind you why this goal is important.
2. ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING
Staying Motivated is all about attitude. Staying positive and realistic about the changes you want to make are really important. Ask yourself what can I do to make these changes fun? If spending an hour at the gym makes you miserable you’re more likely to quit. Instead look at exercises and sports that are fun *cough* roller derby! If getting up an hour earlier is a chore look at ways to make that extra hour count in ways that make you happy.
3. LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES INSTEAD OF REPEATING THEM
If you’ve made resolutions before and couldn’t keep to them consider what went wrong. Trying to change too much at once? Too much temptation? Not enough support? Look at your past attempts and look for patterns to help you avoid making the same mistakes.
4. DON’T FORGET TO REWARD YOURSELF
Let’s say you’ve decided to go vegan, treat yourself to dinner at a vegan restaurant once a month. Or if your goal is something as easy as not buying coffee from Starbucks or Costa to save money. Treat yourself to a special frothy coffee once a week or once a month as a reward for saving money.
5. RECOGNISE AND APPRECIATE YOUR PROGRESS
We all have to start somewhere and change is rarely easy. Keep track of your progress and be proud of yourself for every step you make towards your goal. You’ve got this!
DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF
There’s so much expectation and pressure to change at this time of year. I’m already sick to death of diet culture pervading my timelines. But don’t allow that expectation to affect your sense of worth.
If you choose to make changes to your life don’t try to change everything at once. If you want to quit smoking, save money, get a promotion and eat more fruit and veg that’s great but if you try to do all those things at the same time your more likely to fail. And fail hard. So hard that you don’t try again.
Choose one thing to focus on and grow from there. And if you fail don’t beat yourself up, you’re trying and that’s what counts. Keep going. Everyone experiences setbacks but those setbacks are only permanent if you allow them to be.
Like I said, you got this!
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