At the start of every year we promise ourselves that we are going to better ourselves in every aspect and stick to it this time – for the 7th year in a row. New years resolutions can help give you direction and purpose for the year, something to work towards, but how many of us are able to say that they have been able to completely follow through and accomplish what they have set for themselves? Here’s how to stop yourself from the repeating the same mistakes and take charge of 2019.
One of the biggest mistakes people make is having unrealistic expectations in what they can achieve in a short period of time. You’re not going to become a billionaire in or lose 10kg over night – people who have this mindset are unsurprisingly setting themselves up for failure 99.9% of the time. If you’re someone with a big ambition, try splitting your goal into smaller ones to act as stepping stones; leading us onto the next words of wisdom..
Have a plan
Often we try to reach a goal without having a solid plan on how to actually do so; this leads to either failing or exhausting extra time trying to reach it and eventually giving up. Having a clear plan gives you direction and will not only make it easier, but will be quicker to achieve your goal. This may all seem quite obvious, but we know the majority of us are guilty of saying ‘I want to be happier this year’ when the clock strikes 12 on the 1st of January, then not actually sitting down and thinking HOW to be happier and put the steps into practice – inevitably you end up spiraling back into the same old habits. Create a realistic time frame and a simplified checklist to complete - whether it is weekly or monthly, to keep you on track.
Keep your eyes on the prize
It’s easy to fall off the wagon and deter from what your goal is, but don’t let this dishearten you. A great way to keep your goal in sight is having a vision board – it may seem corny, but waking up and going to bed with the vision of what you want to achieve and why can keep the fire ignited and keep you more determined. Every time you feel yourself deterring away from your goal, refer back to your vision board and remind yourself why you started.
It’s time to finally live up to your promises to yourself!