The presents have been unwrapped, a few kilos have been gained through holiday food, the sports shoes are gathering dust in the cupboard and the new year is starting to loom ahead.
This is a great time of year to reflect, regroup and strategize. And we all have the best of intentions, but how do we stick them out, beyond February 1st?
Keep it Realistic, Attainable and Actionable
When it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, it always helps to keep things realistic and attainable. Think about it:
- Is it easier to target losing ten kilos next year or to aim for logging in around a minimum of two and a half hours’ worth of exercise every week for the first few months and then increase from there?
- Will it be easier for you to “get rich” by the end of next year or “deposit at least 15% of my salary every payday”?
The smaller and more actionable the goal, the more likely you will keep it and be motivated to see it through. This article on setting more realistic New Year’s resolutions will explain it further.
Keep Inspiration Close
Weeks (or even mere days) into your New Year’s resolution, you may feel a bit of slump or boredom. This may be for lack of progress or you simply find it dull to keep up with what you started. When this feeling starts to creep in, it is very important to turn to inspiration to keep your drive up. Inspiration can be sourced anywhere. Think motivational posters, vision boards, keeping a role model in mind, or seeing your personal progress in the form of a blog or a photo journal (best for fitspiration!). Inspiration helps you see how far you’ve come, especially when you feel like you’ve reached an impasse in your journey. These motivational quotes are good to read, memorize by heart, print out and stick to anywhere and everywhere just to keep you going.
Use Tools and Trackers
Keeping tabs on your progress in your mind may not be the best thing to do, especially if you are a very visual person. There are many tools to help with day to day jobs: filling out a grocery list, monitoring heart rates, staying updated on the whereabouts of the kids… and keeping your New Year’s resolutions. Don’t give yourself a hard time when it comes to keeping resolutions; everyone knows staying with it is already hard enough! These apps may come in handy for a variety of resolutions and keep progress tracking right within the palm of your hands.
You are Your Competition
And finally, always keep in mind that in keeping a New Year’s resolution it is never a “me against them” mentality. Each person is on her own journey. The only competition you have going on is beating YOUR last best time/loss/gain/development – and that’s it. Everyone else is a mere spectator and cheerleader in your quest towards self-improvement. These ten tips can help give you the drive to be better than you were yesterday and help you forge on ahead with your plans.
Still in want of tools, inspiration, focus and motivation? A vision board workshop may be just what you need.
Woolf Works, together with Tangram Fitness’ Integrative Health Coach and personal trainer Aimee Barnes, is hosting a fun and inspiring workshop entitled “Creating Your Vision for 2015”. It aims to help you “develop a more positive frame of mind, map out your desired future and set you into forward motion” no matter what resolution or goal you intend to keep in the coming year. This 4-hour workshop will be held at Woolf Works on January 24, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Slots are limited and are going fast so it’s best to reserve yours today here!