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Ahh December, the month of the year when we can indulge until our bellies contempt and lose all appropriate by getting in hot tubs with your colleagues at the Christmas weekend away – but that’s another story. Alas, however, eventually December 31st rolls on and it’s time to embrace the get-my-shit-together mentality with a new shiny year to embrace.
As I’m trying out my skills at editing and talking on camera, here is a cheeky video I made about the one resolution I did which I actually stuck to *round of applause for my lone success*. One out of many, I may add.
Take a looky 👇 and if you’re feeling the vibes read on for my 3 top tips to stick to your resolutions (because one success makes me a fucking prophet of New Year you know).
1 / Do it alone
I really think one of the biggest downfalls is relying on anyone to do the resolution with you. Whether it is friends, family or your partner; if you are relying on two people to commit it’s a bit of a recipe for disaster. I’ve learned this one by trying to do exercise plans with friends. In the start you’re both well-intentioned but then someone gets busy with work or has an event on and you think “Ah well we can do it together next time” and before you know it, it’s been 3 weeks and your lazy ass has been watching Netflix all day.
This year, only rely on your self for success. It may seem harder initially but then you are bound for a year of wins regardless of what anyone else gets up to. Try hacking your calendar to help you. I put a red box on every day I have exercised, this means when I look back at my calendar and see lots of red boxes, I don’t then want to break the pattern so I have to go to the gym. Simple but effective.
2 / Over-planning January
Another key mistake it taking on too much and all at one point. Just because you have high ambitions, does not mean you have to conquer Everest by January 31st. Remember, you’re planning New Year resolutions, not new January resolutions, so you don’t have to rush things.
This year, think of your planning in stages. Rather than going for being a vegan, non-drinking, daily meditating, avid book reader by February (who sounds like a bore anyway) think about how you plan to achieve throughout the year. For example, you could cut down your meat intake to twice a week in January, cut it to once a week in February and then cut it out completely in March. Or get into reading books for the first four months, then add mindfulness training after.
Essentially you are crediting habits so they can take a while to set in and that’s ok. Make your resolutions long-term changes, not flash-in-the-plan ideas.
3/ Being too hard on yourself
This is one we can all be guilty of at times. When you had such high hopes in January and then you’re lacking behind mid-month, don’t give up. No record is perfect and it isn’t always easy, so do not be too hard on yourself.
If you have missed the gym for a week or two because you have been busy at work, this does not mean you have to sack in everything you had wanted to achieve. If you have one cigarette, you have not failed. If you have one doughnut, you have not failed. When taking on resolutions this year forgive yourself for the oopsy moments and instead plough on with making a change for the next remaining months.
These are just three tips I have created from trying many new years resolutions over the years, if you have any killer tips and tricks please share them in the comments.