Stick with your New Year’s resolutions successfully
Every year, Santa comes – but so do our New Year resolutions. The problem: By February, we don’t want to think about the resolutions we’ve made. HelloFreshGO gives you five tips on how to keep your resolutions on track.
What would Father Christmas be without his faithful friend Rudolph, and what would the 1st of January every year be without New Year’s resolutions? One does not work without the other. While Rudolph the red nosed reindeer has been a faithful companion and helper to Old St Nick throughout the ages, our resolutions are forgotten by the end of January. In the summer we usually cannot even remember them and in December we simply think of new resolutions or those dig up those from last year.
Outwit your inner demons
Our resolutions are usually made to help us to live a better and healthier life. Most of the wishes are the same: more time with friends and family, less stress, quit smoking and lose weight. Sounds good, so what is holding us back? Our inner demons are often blamed, although they should never be an excuse.
HelloFreshGO shows you five tips on how to outsmart your inner demons and how you can stick to your good intentions.
Actively communicate your resolution
Once you’ve got your resolutions, you should definitely share them with other people. Tell all your friends, partner, colleagues, and family what you’ve planned for the New Year.
As a result, your resolutions are now mandatory and there are not only witnesses, but also motivators. Sooner or later, your friends will talk to you about how to implement your resolutions. You certainly won’t want to embarrass yourself.
Set smart goals
The more concrete your intent is, the easier it is to stick with it. For example, if you want to lose ten kilos in the coming year, it helps to set milestones. Ten kilos sounds like a lot at first, almost an insurmountable hurdle. It is more realistic if you say you want to lose 3.5 kilos by Easter. This number sounds much more realistic, right? If you set three to four milestones, you still achieve the desired weight loss of ten kilos during the year.
The same thing works for jogging, for example: plan to run five kilometres at a time until Easter. Then eight until summer, and so on. Subgoals are easy to track if you record your successes in an Excel spreadsheet.
To motivate yourself, it helps if you plan rewards. A good time for this can be coinciding with your milestones. When you reach your first, you could buy something special or go out of town. Rewards, when you meet your goals, increase motivation.
Have a goal in mind
Do you want to lose weight to fit into your favourite clothes again? Maybe you want to be fitter to run a half marathon? You want more time with your family to play with your children? Always keep in mind what you want to achieve and the bigger goal behind your intent.
Find fellow sufferers
As the saying goes, a sorrow shared is a sorrow halved. If you find someone who has the same resolution as you, then you can motivate each other. Speak to friends or search social networks for likeminded people. There are always a number of support groups for any particular topic.