Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions: Our 5-Step List for Success
New Year’s resolutions come in all shapes and sizes. For some, it’s all about self-improvement; losing weight, starting the gym, drinking less alcohol, eating more fruit, giving up meat. For others, these changes are more lifestyle-focused; saving more money, improving your credit score, managing stress, getting a mortgage, earning a promotion or finding a new job.
Whatever the resolution, what’s crystal clear is that for many, sticking it out is far from straight forward. In fact, around 88% of New Year’s resolutions fail, so how can you go about including yourself in that exclusive 12%? There are many temptations, trips and troughs to navigate on the way to succeeding in or achieving your resolution, and our team here at Greaves Sports have compiled an easy-to-digest 5 step list on how to change your day to day life for the better.
1. Start Small & Pick One Resolution
Don’t run before you can walk… Don’t bite off more than you can chew… Whatever the applicable idiom, the meaning remains the same: pick just the one resolution, and make it a reasonable one. First, you should assess your goal. For example, if you’re getting into the gym, don’t jump right in with an intense full 7 days of training. You’ll burn yourself out and the likelihood is that the brand new training gear and swanky trainers you’ve just bought will get chucked straight to the back of the wardrobe. Instead, plan 3 or 4 sessions a week and ease yourself into proceedings, you’ll find the process a lot more enjoyable and rewarding.
2. Don’t Repeat or Imitate
Your New Year’s resolution should be personal to you, for instance, if your friend has decided to give up meat but you’re already a vegetarian, what use is the resolution? An extreme example, okay – but you get the concept!
Don’t imitate other people’s resolutions, instead concentrate on an aspect of your life that you genuinely want to improve on. Similarly, don’t repeat a resolution that you’ve already attempted or completed. If the resolution has previously been successful, you’re not truly challenging yourself, and if you’ve already failed at a resolution in the past, you’re only setting yourself up for further frustration and starting things off on the wrong foot.
3. Measure and Manage Your Goals
Splitting your goals into bite-size chunks that you can digest over a manageable amount of time makes sticking to your New Year’s resolution a lot less daunting.
Whether you’re monitoring your progress via an app or recording things the old school way with a pen and paper pad, making a simple checklist of subgoals to work towards is a great way to keep yourself motivated. What’s more, who doesn’t love the simple satisfaction of crossing off a task you’ve completed, or in this case, a goal you’ve achieved?
4. Talk About Your Goals
Letting your friends and family know about your goals is encouraged for two main reasons; firstly, divulging your resolution can result in an increase in confidence and morale-boosting support from those around you.
Secondly, should your resolution start to run off the rails and your efforts begin to falter, friends and family are more likely to be there to encourage (nag) you into keeping up with your efforts and achieving your goals.
5. Don’t Freak Out at Failure
As we touched upon earlier, more New Year’s resolutions than not end up in failure, meaning that most people undertaking a resolution are likely to encounter various hurdles and stumbling blocks along the way.
The road is never smooth, but that doesn’t mean that you should turn back! Missteps on the path to achieving your goals are completely normal and in many cases character building. Don’t beat yourself up because you ate a bag of crisps or give in because you skipped the gym, instead use steps 3 & 4. Record your minor mishap and let people know you encountered a blip, then use the experience to learn from your mistakes and see out your New Year’s resolution.
So there you have it, our 5 simple steps to sticking to your New Year’s resolution, achieving your goals and injecting some positivity and self-improvement into your life this year. If you’d like to let our community know how your resolution is going, or recommend some resolution tips of your own, get in touch with us via our social media links below!