We’re halfway through January (I know, can you believe it) and this is probably the most common time for people to give up on their new years resolutions, blue Monday is tomorrow after all. Resolutions, goals, aims and objectives; whatever you’ve called them you’ve set them for your own personal growth. Whether it be to get abs by your trip to Greece in June or to read a new book every month, you’ve set them because you want to make and see a change in yourself and sticking to them isn’t easy.
After the buzz of the new year, you’re now on “about page 15 or 16 of 365” and the motivation and drive to stick to your resolutions starts to dwindle. It’s okay if it does, just try your best and start again. As much as it sounds nice to start jogging, clean eating, reading books and meditating on the very first day of the year, it shouldn’t dictate that it’s the only time you can start. A very overused and cliche saying is “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” Whilst we’re not planting trees here the sentiment is the same, yes you probably should’ve started working out last January to get your dream body now, but starting next January isn’t going to help any more so. Start now, start tomorrow, start again – just start. Here are some tips on how to keep on top of your new years resolutions.
Break it down into bite size pieces
Big things on the whole tend to be overwhelming so breaking something down into small bite size pieces can help you digest it all a bit better. So you want to end the year with abs of steel, a body to make the whole of Instagram jealous – you’re going to fall at the very first hurdle unless you break it down in to more reasonable tasks that you can also see working. With #bodygoals in particular, not seeing any aesthetic progress is the biggest thing that leads us to say “f**k it” and give up for a few months. Set yourself realistic achievements which will fulfill you and give you those extra pushes of determination to keep going whilst you strive for that main goal. “I want to be able to run 1K in 1 month, 2K in 2 months” etc or “I want to be able to complete one push up” – make as many of these bite size goals as needed to get you motivated and proud of the little things you achieve and to help avoid any disappointments or distractions.
I have a countdown app on my phone that reminds me every milestone amount of time when something is going to occur (6 months, 3 months, 1 month, 1 week and today) . Whilst I currently set them for holidays, birthdays and special occasions they’ve now added a “goals and achievements” section to help you keep track of your objectives. It’s easy to forget when you’re just trying to get yourself through day to day life, so little reminders can help give you a push in the direction of what you need to be doing.
Go easy on yourself
This is easier said than done, we are our own worst critic but we have to step back and realise that we’re human and we’re not perfect. We get lazy, unmotivated, depressed, deflated, distracted and it’s normal and just a part of life that you have to accept and learn to get through. Beating yourself up because you only went to the gym once this week or haven’t yet donated to that charity you said you would is not going to solve anything, ride out the wave of whatever you’re going through and start again when you’re ready. Accept whats in your control and what isn’t and do the best you can as it will only be a positive. Whether you’ve stuck to your goals or not so far, I hope you all have a lovely 2017!
P.S If it helps, I’ve still not quite joined the gym…