With the New Year comes the desire for new habits and a newer, better lifestyle. Almost all of us dream up something that we believe will make our lives better, but in reality these propositions hardly ever last past the first two weeks of the year.
Here are some tips to help you stick with your resolutions during 2017:
-Set up checkpoints for yourself
Often, when coming up with grandiose ideas, we overlook the importance of little accomplishments. We don’t live our lives like in the movies; there isn’t going to be a fun, quick montage to take you from point A to point B. In order to stay on track, set up daily goals for yourself rather than just looking ahead to that coveted finish line. A good idea would be to lay out what you plan to do every day at the beginning of the week so that you don’t slack off whenever you feel unmotivated.
-Operate on a Schedule
On that note, don’t be afraid to take it a step further: schedule yourself. Instead of just deciding in advance what you have to get done and on what day you’re going to do it, plan out your entire day—or at least your entire work day—and set reminders on your cell phone to help you out. Give yourself an allotted time to complete each task to make sure that you’re getting everything done as efficiently as possible. With this method, you’ll be sure to not only get that much closer to reaching your goal(s), but you’ll also become a lot more productive overall.
-Surround Yourself With Positive Influence
If you’ve set certain goals for yourself, surround yourself with people who have similar goals or who will be willing to help you work towards yours. Make a resilient effort to disconnect your new self from old friends who did you no good. If the people you hang around are pretty displeased with themselves, they are more likely to discourage you in an effort to make themselves feel better. Find yourself some good souls to chill with, you deserve it.
-Highlight Your Motivation
Every success story needs a driving force. Pick something or someone that motivates you to keep going year-round. Maybe your motivation is simply having a better life for yourself. So be it. Work diligently and passionately everyday to make ‘it’ happen because you know that whatever it is that’s motivating you, is worth every ounce of effort.
Don’t pressure yourself to be like ‘So and so’. Do what is plausible and possible for you. If you want to lose weight, don’t starve yourself trying to look like Gigi Hadid overnight. You’ll be much better off deciding on a well-thought through diet that will keep you healthy and fed. If you settle on unrealistic goals or look for instant results, you’re signing yourself up for disappointment and a broken resolution. Consider all of the circumstances involved in your life and try to make the best decision for yourself.
By Robyn Forbes