Happy New Year lovelies! (A bit late in the day but better late than never 😉 ) I hope you had a peaceful, anxiety-free Christmas with all your favourite people/furry friends/in your pyjamas 😀
We are already well into January now and so I wanted to talk to you about New Year’s Resolutions (naturally!)
The whole world/ social media feed / email newsletters are all talking about the same thing at the moment – or at least mine are – setting New Year’s Resolutions and the idea of a New Year, New Me.
So, here’s my own two cents on the matter – I’m on the fence here, guys. I just don’t know how I feel about New Year’s Resolutions. I know, right?! What the hell!
Here’s my thinking…
Achieve Your Goals…
- I think setting yourself resolutions every January is a really positive way to get thinking about what you want to achieve over the course of the year.
- It can be the perfect opportunity for you to consider what you did in 2016 and where you are now headed.
- After an indulgent Christmas period it feels good to get back into a routine, a fitness regime and generally get your head back in the game. It’s kind of like a factory reset to get your started in a new and positive way.
- It is all to easy to get swept up in the constant chant of a New Year, New Me. It makes you feel like you need to start going to the gym at 6am because that’s what is expected of you.
- It can sometimes feel like there’s a lot of pressure to behave in a certain way, and I absolutely don’t agree that you need to go on a post-Christmas diet or start sprinting on a treadmill because that’s the done thing. No, no, no!
- We go about setting these resolutions all the wrong way. Everyone says things like, “This year I’m going to lose weight”, “This year I’m going to get fitter”, “This year I’m going to start eating healthier”. By making our resolutions this vague, we are setting ourselves up to fail. It makes it too difficult to achieve your goals.
I think the scary truth is that only about 8% of people who set themselves these resolutions keep them or achieve them! So essentially you are setting yourself to fail, or making yourself feel stressed and anxious about your goals if you don’t achieve them.
Okay, despite the cons, setting yourself goals is a great idea. We just need to do it in a way that helps us be successful, and achieve what we want to.
Please, nobody shoot me(!) but I am going to suggest if you want to achieve your goals this year, you need to make them SMART. :p
What on earth are SMART goals you might be wondering? Well, I’m glad you ask!
The SMART acronym stands for:
S – specific
M – measureable
A – actionable
R – realistic
T – time-bound
What does that mean?
Basically you need to make sure the goals (or resolutions) you set yourself are:
Clearly defined, actually do-able, how you will do it, how you will know when you have achieved your goal, and with a clear time frame for accomplishing it.
In other words, I’m going to lose weight X
I’m going to lose x amount of weight (e.g. 5lbs – something realistic) in three months by going to the gym three times a week.
You can see how much clearer this goal is. At the end of three months you can weigh yourself and see whether you have achieved that amount of weight loss. But more than that, you can measure your actions. “Going to the gym three times a week” is really the bigger part of that goal. That is the habit you want to create for yourself and will inevitably lead to you achieving the weight loss goal.
The reason people fail is because they don’t set clear enough goals, and they don’t set the action required to accomplish said goals. Our brains are treacherous little things that need gently steering towards good habits, and that takes time. So good habits help you achieve your goals.
How To Form Habits
One of the absolute best ways to form habits is to decide how often you want to do your thing and tick off/draw a smiley face on your calendar every time you do it. Then reward yourself if you manage to complete this by the end of the month.
For example, I want to practice yoga every day this month so I have set aside a time to do this in my day. Every time I do, I put a smiley face in the calendar above my desk. At the end of the month, if I have done it every day, I’ll treat myself with something – as yet undecided!
This is, rather hilariously, how my parents taught me to sleep through the night without going in to disturb them! Unlike then, I won’t be getting a Polly Pocket as a reward :p
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Good luck. Do let me know what your goals are and how you’re getting on, I love hearing from you!
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