The end of an old year seems to bring with it the motivation to make the new one YOUR year. We set ourselves goals and resolutions, promise to be healthier and start off the first few weeks of Jan so strong. But after the New Year’s euphoria has worn off, those resolutions seem to become less appealing and we forget what was motivating us to make those changes in the first place.
If there’s a certain resolution you really want to bring to life this year, we have some tips on how you can stick to it past the first few weeks of January.
Set Realistic Resolutions
To say 2021 is going to be an unpredictable year is an understatement. There’s no point setting yourself a resolution to travel more this year, when chances are the most exciting place we’ll be able to travel to is the local Woolies. Setting yourself realistic resolutions will set you up for success and help you stay on track to achieving your goal well into the year. Some great realistic resolutions we love are to eat more veggies (tasty dishes like our Shredded Mexican Chicken Bowl can help with that), plant (and actually take care of) a herb garden, enjoy one new food or drink you’ve never had before every week and try a new hobby every month.
As they say, failing to prepare is preparing to fail! If you have a big resolution in mind, like learn another language or take on some DIY renovations around your home, plan a roadmap of little goals along the way for yourself. By setting little goals up your big goal will seem more achievable, and you’ll have more steps to celebrate as you jump across all the stepping stones of your 2021 resolution. Before you know it, you’ll be ordering in french at your favourite boulangerie like a born Parisienne.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishing your New Year’s resolution. For many resolutions though, the end might not be in sight for a while (12 months to be exact), so if yours is a year-long goal, set yourself little milestones to reward yourself at along the way. Whether it’s a night out with friends, a spa day or a special dinner, set our your goals (like above) and reward yourself when you achieve each one to make the journey as enjoyable as the destination.
Stick To It
They say it takes 21 days to form a habit, and while that’s not entirely true, studies have shown that the longer you keep practising a behaviour, the more likely it is to become a habit. The study found that for simple resolutions, like drinking a glass of water after breakfast every day, became a habit after 20 days, while something more complex, like going for a 10 minute walk after breakfast every day, took 50 days. Regardless, the longer you stick to your resolution, the more likely it is to become a habit, so keep it up!
Focus On Just One Resolution
It’s pretty common for people to have a list of resolutions they write up and stick on the wall on Jan 1st. But having too many resolutions can mean you spread yourself too thin, and don’t end up achieving any of them. Rather than having multiple, pick one New Year’s resolution you’d really like to achieve in 2021 and set your sights on that. You’re much more likely to succeed in focusing on just one goal than being distracted by many!
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