New Year’s Resolutions are famously difficult to keep. Every year thousands of people promise themselves that they're going to give up smoking, get in better shape or finally get around to going on a diet, and every year thousands of people fail to follow through.
Well this year you're going to have some help.
We're giving you five tips to ensure that no matter what health-related New Year’s resolution you make, you'll have the greatest possible chance of seeing it through. But be warned, some of these tips are pretty intense and they're certainly not for the faint-hearted!
Make It Achievable
This is a very obvious tip but it's one that some people don’t really consider when making their New Year’s Resolutions. In order to gauge whether or not your goals are actually achievable, you're going to write down the steps that you'll take to manifest them.
Let’s take an example of a 60 year old person who makes a New Year’s Resolution to lose 50 pounds. If that person starts out thinking that they're going to easily lose that much weight and get back the body they had when they were 25, they're probably going to struggle. Why? Because it places an immense amount of immediate stress on the resolution maker and targets a much more long-term goal.
However, setting a more realistic short-term goal that focuses on losing the first 10 pounds, is a great resolution, and is much more user-friendly and realistic. The smart approach is to set both long-term goals, say the 50 pounds, with a set of short-term goals as stepping-stones to get there.
Write down the steps that'll get you to your goal and be honest with yourself when considering whether or not you're actually going to be able to achieve it.
Daily Intention Setting & Self-Hypnosis
Once you've decided on exactly what your resolution is, you're going to remind yourself of it every day, and you're also going to program yourself for success. Write down what your goal is and post it in at least five places around your home so that you see it and are reminded of it every day. This'll help you to stay on track and remember what you promised yourself you'd achieve.
Also, every single morning of every single day you're going to visualise success. You can do this in bed when you wake up or you can spend 5 minutes doing this once you're out of bed and have organised all of the morning tasks to be done. Find a spot where you can be alone for 5 minutes and visualise yourself having already achieved your goal.
1. Feel the feelings of accomplishment and happiness at having achieved your goal.
2. Imagine how you'll feel and think at that point in your life
3. Make the visualisation extremely rich in sensation - meaning imagine all the senses at work, what you'll hear, what you'll see and how you'll feel, imagine how proud you can be letting everybody know that you've achieved your goal and imagine how happy other people will be for you
This is an extremely powerful way of programming your brain for success. Athletes and other top performers do this all the time - the brain begins to believe that you've already achieved your goal and it will transform your body and thoughts in accordance with that.
Another way to help you to achieve your goal is to join forces with a friend or family member who wants to make either the same or a similar New Year’s Resolution. Being able to offer each other support and encouragement will give you more motivation to stick to your plans and achieve success.
Just make sure that the person you choose to join forces with has a high level of motivation to achieve their goal too and you'll guarantee that you both get the support you need.
Tell Everyone What You're Going To Do
Tell everyone you know what your plan is. Doing this will mean that, if you fail with your resolution, you're going to have to explain to everyone that you know, one by one, how you failed, and no-one likes to admit defeat. Make the thought of failure so uncomfortable that you have no choice but to continue working towards your goal.
Make A Bet
Once you've given yourself a realistic target, you're going to find your loudest and most obnoxious friend, then you're going to make a monetary bet with this person, stating that you'll stick to your resolution and achieve your aim, or else you'll have to pay him/her £100.
This is a sure-fire way of boosting your motivation however, make sure that the amount of money you bet is going to cause you to want to avoid losing the bet. If £100 isn't a lot of money to you then try £500 or even £1000.
The fact that you made this bet with your most obnoxious friend will make you want to achieve your goal even more, because no one wants to lose a bet that they'll have to hear about repeatedly every time they meet with that person.
Another way of doing this is to give a trusted friend or family member the money up front and tell them that if you fail your resolution, then they can keep the money; otherwise, they have to give it back to you when you achieve success.
Ready to get to work?
So there you have five simple but powerful tips to help you keep your New Year’s Resolutions. Put all of them to work and you'll guarantee that you have the highest possible amount of motivation for staying on track.
This time, keeping your New Year’s Resolution is going to be easy as pie, just keep telling yourself that and if you believe in yourself enough, you'll guarantee that it will come true!
This short guide was brought to you by Ann Harrison and Contemporary Retirement Coaching.