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3 Tips on how to make your New Year’s resolutions stick
Tonight when the clock strikes 12 we will officially be able to wave goodbye to one of the most turbulent years most of us will have ever known. And what better way to greet 2021 than with a list of goals that will allow us to feel fabulous in the New Year.
If there’s one thing that 2020 has taught us it’s the importance of checking in with ourselves. We’ve been able to reflect on our actions, our ambitions, our life; where we are and where we want to be. That’s why the 2021 Resolutions List could be the most powerful one yet; because unlike past years this one will inevitably be a little more grounded.
To make extra sure that it doesn’t end up being another piece of paper crumpled up and hidden away in a drawer, we are here to give you a couple of tips on how to make your resolutions truly stick.
1. Be Specific
Many times when we write resolutions we have the tendency to be very broad. How many times have you and your friends written down that you want to “lose weight” or “get in shape”. These are great aspirations but they lack a specific focus, which will make it harder for you to then measure. Try instead something a little more explicit which will tell you how to meet your aspiration. For example you can aim to “run 30 minutes 3 times per week and get your steps up to 5,000 daily” or “swap cereal for a healthy bircher breakfast every day”. The more specific you word out your goals the more concrete they become. Being aware of this will automatically motivate you more as it becomes easier to track your progress!
2. Be Realistic
The surest way to not complete your resolutions list is to fill it up with unrealistic objectives. Using words like NEVER will only limit yourself and inevitably lead to that resolution not coming true. Sure in the moment saying “I’ll NEVER eat chocolate” sounds achievable, but in one months time when you fancy that Twix, you’ll feel defeated and probably un-motivated to continue.
Instead try to make your objectives more realistic, for example: “I choose not to each chocolate everyday but I will have a of couple squares of dark chocolate twice a week”. By setting goals that are reasonable, you set yourself up for success instead of failure!
3. Be Kind
A year is a very long time and although it would be great to predict that each week will go smoothly, it would also be quite naive. If there is anything this year has taught us, it’s to expect the unexpected. There will be days where we don’t feel like we’re at 100% and it’s important that we learn to accept this. The sooner we learn that it’s ok that not all days will go the same and that it’s ok to trip up along the way, the sooner we’ll be able to get back on our feet and back to fulfilling our goals when we do!
With midnight around the corner we’ll leave you with these 3 tips in mind to go work on a resolution list of your own!
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