Be realistic

RunnerThe whole aim of New Year’s resolutions is to set a goal and stick to it, so it’s important that your aims are achievable.

Acknowledge the areas of your life that you want to improve and set realistic targets for how to get there. This might mean that you choose something a little more specific rather than re-using the same old ‘losing weight’ and ‘exercising more’ tactic.

It’s important to also limit the number of resolutions you make so that you can focus on achieving 5 goals fully, rather than 4 out of 10 and feeling bad about it come the end of the year.

One thing at a time

Whilst it can be great to multi-task, you might find it a bit overwhelming – you don’t want this taking over your whole life.

Focus on one thing at a time and tick it off as you go. The satisfaction of knowing you’ve completed a goal may also spur you on to do the next!

Keep a record

SaladWriting your goals down will help you stay on track and also help you to reflect back at the end of the year.

It’s also good to write down why you want to achieve this to remind yourself when you’re not feeling so motivated.

Involve others

Motivate yourself by telling others what you plan to do. Friends, family and even work colleagues can often provide a healthy bit of pressure as well as support to help you on your way to your goals.

Sharing the journey with others means there are more people to celebrate with you once you’ve achieved your target.

Celebrate!

All work and no play… Don’t forget to celebrate your success! It goes without saying, common sense is needed here; if you’re trying to cut down on alcohol, don’t reward yourself with a night out on the town.

Instead, perhaps get yourself that new coat you had your eye on for a while or treat yourself to a fancy dinner out. You’ve earned it!