Every year most of us make resolutions for the new year. I’m going to save more money, I’m going to loose weight and get fitter, I’m going to quit spending the rent gambling onlineÂ every month… Etc
We all have our demons and our biggest problem is that we still think we can conquerÂ them using will power alone even after years and years of trial and error. I’ll be writing a lot more on goal setting in the future but today lets look at my top tips for your New Years resolutions.
YPT’s top tips to sticking to your resolutions
1. Be realistic
If you eat 4kgs of cheese a day now you’re probably setting yourself up failure if your resolution is to never have another crumb of cheese for as long as you live.Â For example you could set yourself a realistic goal of reducing the number of days that you eat cheese and also the quantity.
2. Be specific
Specify exactly what you want to achieve. I want to loose weight…. How much? I want to save â‚¬500….. By when? 6 months? 6 years? It makes it very difficult to measure success and failure unless your resolutions are specific.
3. Tell the world
One of the ways I achieve or get close to achieving my resolutions is to tell anyone and everyone who’ll listen. I’m keen to make my resolution a success so by having that added pressure and the eyes of your friends and family on you really help. Watch this space for this years resolutions.
4. Reward yourself
This doesn’t mean having an all day drinking session in the Rose and Crown if your goal is to steer clear of alcohol. Be sensible, if you’ve not had a drink for a month, treat yourself to a new pair of running shoes.
5. Write down the pros and cons
Take your time and write down all the reasons why you should stick to these resolutions and also ask the people who are close to you to also add to this list. This really is great motivation and it helps you realise how your resolutions can not only help you but those who are closest to you.
6. Record your progress
Write all your successes and failures down…. This can be remarkably beneficial and encouraging when things are going in the right direction and a very helpful wake up call when things aren’t going the right way.
7. Keep on going
If you go off the rails, dust yourself down and get back on the horse. You’re human, you won’t get it right all the time,Â but don’t waste time beating yourself up, crack on with getting back on track this avoids boring everyone around you why you failed. If this does happen See tip no.10 🙂
8. Punishment is a poor motivator
The pleasure of victory is a much more successful motivator than the agony of defeat.
Focus constantly on what success would bring. Visualise the slimmer you, the richer you you, the more organised you….etc etc etc what ever your resolution relates to.
9. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got
Change something! Use a different method! Plan ahead! Identify where you go wrong and then avoid those situations. Problem-When Julie comes over we eat all the wrong food choices. Solution – Tell Julie that things are changing around here and you need her help and understanding.
10. YPT’s Golden Tip
Zip up your man suit, roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty!
Stop concentrating on the reasons why you can’t and focus on the reasons why you must.