Tips To Keep You On Track
7 Tips To Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution On Track
Mid February already? How did that happen? How are your New Year’s resolution going?
It’s around now that most New Year’s resolutions fail, as the initial motivation and drive has been gobbled up by the daily grind and routine. But fear not, we’ve put together seven solid ways that successful people make change stick, starting with a quote from the epic philosophical journey that is Kung Fu Panda.
“There is no secret ingredient” Po.
When it comes to making change stick, there is no silver bullet or simple method, but there are steps you can take to supplement your will power and motivation. Not so much secret ingredients as ‘best practice’ for achieving resolutions:
- Make your goals specific
Stands to reason that if you know what your goal is, you stand a better chance of achieving it, if only because you’ll clearly know when you’ve got there. By being specific you’ll know how far away from your goal you are and how to achieve it, keeping you motivated and able to visualise the end result.
Visualising is very important; it’s linked to positive self-talk and statistically increases the likelihood of you achieving your aim.
Record your progress
Photo’s of your body, diaries, tracking figures, it doesn’t matter how you record your journey; just make sure that you do. ‘Future you’ will need to see progress to reassure you and keep you on track, this is why measuring and recording change is so important.
Like any change, you should be prepared for it to take time, which can be hard. But by measuring progress you can help make it clear that change is happening even when you may think it’s not.
Change is woven into time like a tapestry of life itself. True change takes time and the path is seldom straight, but that’s the beauty of it. A resolution is about more than achieving a goal; it’s about discovering what you’re capable of along the way, smashing through the fatigue and barriers that have prevented you from doing it so far.
Sure, when you’re amped up and raring to go, it can be difficult to maintain the motivation when change appears to be slow. But time will soon pass and you’ll be proud that you kept going. Or disappointed that you let your impatience get in the way of success, again.
Share your goals
This one is always contentious, some people don’t like the pressure of having to share progress and some like the idea of achieving a resolution in secret, leading to a big reveal. But really, sharing your goals is a great move that can keep your resolution on track for longer.
Friends and family can offer great support and encouragement, which in your weakest moments will be a great help. And remember you’re no expert, so by opening your ambition up to the world you could receive some great advice that takes your efforts to the next level.
And if all that fails, guilt is a powerful motivator – there’s nothing like the thought of having the ‘I gave that up’ conversation with loved ones. As Billie Jean King said, pressure’s a privilege.
Make time for change
You may have got this far on sheer commitment alone, but as time goes on and life continues to throw curve balls, you’ll last longer if you schedule time for change in your routine. Dedicate a regular evening, an hour or whatever you can in the pursuit of your goal; it’ll make it more structured, professional and tangible.
It also helps you take control of the emotions attached to resolutions, you don’t need to be worrying about change all the time, because you have an allotted time dedicated to it. It fits in around the rest of your life and by giving it a specific time slot; you’ll be able to better measure progress and ability over the weeks, months and years.
Do something, however little it may be
‘Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction.’
‘There’s no such thing as a bad workout.’
You know what we’re getting at; doing something is better than doing nothing. So don’t set yourself unrealistic goals and don’t beat yourself up if you can’t squeeze in your development every week. Just make sure you do what you can.
And if you think you won’t have time, you definitely have time. Take action when you can and you’ll feel better. Also, going for a five minute run or picking up a book for 20 minutes can easily turn into a full session before you know it.
Failure is your friend
This little chap is essential, in fact you can’t change without some form of struggle, it’s an integral part. Never ever treat a setback as a problem, never give it negative headspace and understand that it’s part of the process. Failure means you’re pushing your limitations, it means you’re on the edge of your talent and growing it.
Failure is you laying extra railroad – every time you fail you put down extra tracks so next time you go further and get closer to your destination.
Failure is awesome so just imagine what success is like. You can’t have one without the other, so remember why you chose your resolution and keep going. Here’s to 2017 being the year you make it.