A New Year, A New you? Yes, it’s that time of year again. The time of year when we feel as if we have to turn over a new leaf. The New Year is right around the corner and with year-end planning underway, you’re probably mapping out what you want to accomplish in the 12 months ahead.
Whether you’re resolving to leave your dead-end job, perhaps speaking up more in meetings or finally get started on the side projects you’ve been putting off, there’s one indisputable truth that’s impossible to ignore: change is hard.
Personally I don’t wait until a milestone to make a change, if I want it, I set my mind to it and o get it. I realise I am in the minority on this one though and often find my nearest and dearest asking how i stay so motivated. For me, I don’t set unrealistic goals, that’s not to say i don’t challenge and stretch myself – I do. However, I do it in a manageable and realistic way. It may take slightly longer than on paper but its better than the alternative of not starting at all!
For most, you wont have joined the gym and gone religiously every other day, and you are potentially still carrying the extra weight from last Christmas!
All too familiar? It’s very easy to make New Year’s resolutions in the heat of enthusiasm and glowing joy but most of us are more familiar with the difficulty of sticking to the resolutions!
It is possible but it does take focus, planning, and a determination to stick with the resolutions for the same amount of time it takes to change a habit, so that the resolutions also turn into new habits.
Read my top tips on how to stay motivated in 2017 and more importantly how to stick to it!
1. My number one tip is remember that New Years day is just another day. Its convenient yes and you can easily remember the New years day for giving up alcohol or quitting smoking but if you really want to do something don’t put it off! Start now.
2. Make your resolution realistic – Make your resolution in an area you know needs improvement rather than a major change. i.e Visit parents more, go out with friends more.
3. Focus on one change at a time – don’t try and do everything at once, you wont learn that new language in a week!
4. Get support from family or friends – Make sure you are not alone in your advancements, get the support of your nearest and dearest. It will keep you going when the going when it gets tough.
Believe in what you do and think hard about what kind of changes you want your work to make – Ceci Bastida