How to actually keep those New Year’s Resolutions
Have you already started weakening at the sight of a glass of wine, salivating over cookies or dreading the thought of a gym class?
Is 2016 already starting to feel a little… well… 2015?
Fail Friday, the third Friday of the month when on average we are most likely to break our resolutions, is almost upon us. But we’re NOT going to let that happen.
Now we’re going to tell you how to keep those New Year’s resolutions so you can reward yourself with the things you really enjoy.
Whether you’re after a new leopard print top from Primark, a Thomas Cook city break or you’re wanting to drop a dress size in River Island following your new body transformation, let us guide you on how to keep smashing your target right through 2016.
Practice your willpower
The more you say ‘no’ to things, the more natural your resolve becomes. It’s very much like a muscle. Steve Jobs, father of Apple, said: ‘People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are.’
Think about it this way. Saying ‘no’ to those few extra chocolate digestive biscuits in the office means saying ‘yes’ to that new figure-hugging little black dress you always wanted.
Outsmart your inner rebel
Don’t set yourself up for a fall. Rather than saying: ‘I’m giving up all chocolate’ or ‘I’m not going to spend on my credit card’, make your goals reasonable.
Saying something like I’ll only have a bar of chocolate as a treat on a Friday for example, reinforces that feel good factor after a long week at work. You deserve it.
Remind yourself of earlier victories
It’s only natural to beat yourself up about the muffin top or the way you gave up on the gym after the induction despite the cute instructor. Rejoice in the good times, no matter how big or small.
Remember how you built up a little nest egg for your trip to Disneyland; how you taught yourself how to bake a super duper chocolate cake the whole family loved; or how you finally cracked Facebook.
Write these accomplishments down on paper and read them back to yourself. You’ve set your sights before and you can do it again (and again)!
Power to the people
Being nice and serving the day with a smile will give not only you a kick but the people who surround you too. The comfort in great company will make everything seem all the more possible.
Better still, recruit more people to your cause, whether that’s in your office, at the gym or your school ground network. The power of many behind you will spur you on.
Tell your family and friends
Your family and friends are the best support network you have and will keep you going when that temptation to reach for a Galaxy bar strikes back (no Star Wars pun intended).
Share with us how you plan to keep up with those New Year’s Resolutions @therockbury.