It’s that time of year again- the end of the year in fact.
During the last few days of December the buzz of Christmas begins to die down and there is a sudden expectation that we start to think about our New Year’s Resolutions.
We like to say that we have a resolution and can’t help but feel a smug sense of accomplishment when we’re congratulated for setting a goal before the process has even begun. Everyone likes to have an aim, something to work towards – and what better time to start than on the 1st of January.
But 365 days is a long time and by March most of us can’t even remember what our resolution was! In fact, only about 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions. Success comes from staying true to what you said you would do days, weeks and months after you said you would do it. And this isn’t easy.
So how can we ensure that we stick to our resolutions (other than by resolving to give up making them all together!)?
Here’s 10 quick tips to bear in mind before 2019 is upon us.
This is your opportunity to let go of the guilt associated with not sticking to previous resolutions and make this year a success.
This is your New Year’s Absolution.
1 Make one resolution – not four!
It’s easy to get carried away and to find yourself with multiple resolutions. This can be overwhelming and will only compromise your ability to remember, commit to and invest time in each of them. So when it comes to setting your goal – choose quality over quantity and think carefully about your priorities. Refining your focus on one aim will increase the likelihood that you’ll reach it. After all – surely it’s better to accomplish one resolution of real value than to partially achieve (and give up on!) a variety of less important ones!
2 Is it realistic (and attainable!)?
Whilst there’s no harm in being ambitious, don’t be unrealistic!
Set a goal that is challenging but achievable given the time and resources that you have available to you. In doing this, you will avoid over-exerting yourself and being disappointed with any progress made that doesn’t meet unrealistic expectations.
3 Make it trackable
Track your progress! This is so important as it allows you to assess how you’re getting on. This doesn’t mean stepping on the scales every day or obsessing over your resolution. You can do this by setting yourself sub-goals which you aim to achieve each week or month.
This will keep you motivated and allow you to amend your method if it’s not working early in the year. A year is a long time so you have time to make sustainable alterations if need be.
4 Be pro-active
How will you go about achieving your New Year’s Resolution? What’s your method?
Write it down and create yourself a plan which will enable you to reach your goal. This may include joining the gym, getting up earlier, investing in a diary- you could even sign up to Balance Box so the food planning is done for you! You can order now by going to www.balancebox.com/
Take the time to sit and think about ways to keep yourself on track and how you will overcome any set-backs. Having a method will provide structure and ensure that you hit the ground running. Be pro-active – set a reminder on your phone, throw something out, check out our Balance Box menus www.balancebox.com/menus-balance-box/ – get the ball rolling and follow a plan to keep it moving!
5 Share it, but make it your own
Talk to your friends and family about your New Year’s Resolution, why it’s important to you and discuss ways in which they can help (or even join in!).
Surrounding yourself with support is essential but don’t forget that this resolution is your own. It’s really important to ensure that you’re confident and determined enough to independently make progress and don’t become reliant upon another person to keep you on track. Everyone has different schedules and motivations so make sure that you know yours and make it work for you.
6 Don’t follow the crowd
Don’t just resolve to lose weight because everyone is.
Think about what needs changing in your life and any bad habits that you have- it really doesn’t matter if they seem odd to other people!
7 Don’t kid yourself!
As tempting as it may be to jump straight into your new resolution, unsustainable and drastic alterations to your lifestyle will only set you up for injury, exhaustion or failure. Don’t aim to run 6 times per week if you’re not a runner or to lose 2 stone if you struggle to lose 2lb – ease yourself into the change. Start small (everyone has to start somewhere!), take your time and be patient – you have a whole year!
8 Be specific
How many times have you heard someone say ‘my New Year’s Resolution is too lose weight’, ‘to be more optimistic’, ‘to see the family more’.
These generalised goals aren’t doing anything to help you make progress. How much weight do you want to lose each month? How are you going to be more optimistic? Don’t scrimp on the detail – speak to one of our nutritional advisors about the best Balance box meal plan for you, decide to go to the gym every Monday, or to meditate on Saturday mornings before taking the kids to football.
Be specific and work it into your routine. If you consider how to achieve your goal in detail you will begin to see just how attainable it is.
9 Remind yourself why you’re doing it
Whilst the concept of New Year’s Resolutions is often mocked, the idea behind it is a good one and encourages positive change in people’s lives. It’s healthy to have goals – it keeps you ambitious, motivated and is likely to improve your life for the better.
So remind yourself why your resolution is important to you – talk about it, write it on a sticky note and acknowledge any benefits you start to see as you make progress.
10 Don’t give up!
It’s easy to make a resolution – it’s not so easy to stick to it.
The luxury of a New Year’s Resolution is that you have the time to go off track a bit and then re-gain control.
So be patient, be consistent and finish 2019 with a sense of real accomplishment.
Good luck and Happy New year!