It’s that time of year where most of us will make a New Year’s resolution. Maybe you want to lose weight, learn a new language, quit smoking or move into a new apartment – but only 1 out of 10 will actually achieve a New Year’s resolution. Psychologists have found that we are more likely to achieve a goal if we break our resolution into smaller goals that are specific, measurable and time-based. With that being said, we are giving you tips on how to actually achieve and succeed at your New Year’s resolution.
- Read more.
- Exercise more.
- Eat healthier.
- Learn to swim.
- Speak Chinese better.
These are bad examples because you won’t know if you have actually achieved these goals. If you worked out once a week in 2015 and work out 1-2 times a week in January, are you really exercising more? You won’t have the answers until you set a goal that you can measure.
Tip 1: Create resolutions that are specific and measurable
Turn your resolution into a goal – which is something that can be reached, measured and achieved. If you set a goal at, “Read 60 books by the end of the year,” then it is clear what you have to do in order to achieve it. “Read more,” is useless.
Tip 1: Don’t let setbacks derail your resolution
If you have cheat days, here and there, don’t throw your resolution out of the window. If something comes up that temporarily stops you from achieving your goal, get through it and jump back into the habits that will help you get you where you need to be. One small failure is just another push to bring you to success.
Tip 3: Motivate yourself
As each week that goes by brings you closer and closer to your goal, give yourself a pat on the back. Even the smallest of achievements should be looked at as small successes to a bigger one. By doing this, you’ll be able to be self-motivated and feel good about the direction you’re going in.
Are you setting New Year’s Resolutions? Ours is to use our gym facility in 305 Roehampton 4 times a week at 1 hour each by 2017. What’s your goal? Drop a comment below!