How To Smash Your New Year's Resolutions
It’s that time of year again!
You’ve been bombarded with everyone’s 10-year ‘glow up’ for the last week and the not-so-humble-brag about their achievements over the past decade. But what about your achievements? If there’s still things about your life you’d like to change, there’s always time to start fresh.
Every year millions of people around the world decide to try to better themselves by setting new year’s resolution. From getting fit to getting organised, if you fancy taking on a new challenge, we’re here to help you with some science-backed advice!
First things first, you need to do is to set S.M.A.R.T. goals. Be SPECIFIC about what you want to achieve. Make sure you have a way to MEASURE your success. Set goals that you think are ACHIEVABLE. Make sure that your goal is RELEVANT to your long-term goals. And, give yourself a TIMEFRAME to complete your goal.
For example, if your goal is to lose weight, then a S.M.A.R.T. goal might be to lose 15lb in 6 months.
S.M.A.R.T. goals help you provide clarity about want you want to achieve and how to focus your efforts. And they can help motivate you as you track your progress and see yourself improving.
Another great tactic for smashing your new year’s resolution is utilising or switching up your environment. Make choosing your new habit convenient. One of the biggest factors in decision making is location and proximity. So, if what you need to help you stick to your New Year’s resolution is nearby, you’re more likely to succeed.
For instance, if your resolution is to eat healthier, make sure you always have a healthy snack on hand. If it’s exercises more, find a local gym or walking/ jogging path nearby.
Psychology says, the further you have to go, the less often you’ll get there. Stay local and make sure you enjoy what you do.
As you go along, you should celebrate the little accomplishments. Every new year’s resolution is a journey of 1000 steps so every time you reach a new milestone, celebrate yourself!
This doesn’t mean for every day of healthy meal choices, you get a chocolate bar, that’s sort of a mixed message! Treat yourself to goal-orientated gifts. For example, if your goal is to exercise more, get yourself some fancy new fitness wear (like our sports leggings!). This will help to motivate you to get moving.
And don’t give up altogether if you stumble. After 30 days, only 25% of people are still committed to their new year’s resolution and only 8% actually go on to accomplish them. If you want to be part of the 8%, remember: It’s okay to slip up, that’s totally normal. The only time you actually fail is when you stop trying.
Let’s not forget, it takes 66 days for a new habit to become ingrained into our behaviour - that’s over 2 months! - so, go easy on yourself. You might not see any changes for the first 3 months but, if you put in the work, results will follow.
Don’t give up!