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New Years Day brings the excitement of a whole new year ahead, a year to achieve big things and reach new goals. THIS year, we say, we’ll reach our resolutions. However good intentions often fade away to another year of failed, or only partially achieved resolutions.
Here’s how to make them come true this year.
1. Write them down
If it’s not written down it’s a dream, not a goal. Writing down your resolutions means it’s something that is in concrete and you can refer back to. Sort of like a contract with yourself. If you’re setting a big goal, break it down into smaller mini goals to make it less daunting and more achievable
2. Make them goals
Resolutions tend to be non specific, like “I will get fit”. Break this down into a specific goal. How exactly do you plan to get fit? For example, this resolution could be turned into a goal in the following manner “To run/walk 3 times a week and build up to running 5km within 6 weeks”.
3. Make time
Make sure you schedule time to work towards achieving your goal. It’s all too easy to get busy with life and forget about what you really want to achieve. If it’s a fitness goal, schedule time to exercise into your weekly planner.
4. Get help
Whether it’s a friend or a paid professional, having someone to encourage and help motivate you along the way can make all the difference in achieving your resolution. Joining a group can also help, for example a running group or weight loss group. You’ll make connections and be able to share your experiences with others trying to reach similar goals.
5. Just do it
There is one thing we are all excellent at, and that is making excuses. Stop that little voice in your head telling you all the reasons you shouldn’t do something and focus on the reasons why you should. We often think of all the reasons why we shouldn’t go out and go for a walk/run/bike yet when you go and do it, it’s quite enjoyable, or at least not as bad you thought.