Last year’s statistics regarding new year’s resolutions revealed that approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February. Let’s be the 20% that proves everyone wrong.
For a lot of people this week will have been the first reality check of their 2019 goals. Temptations of 3pm sugar stops will have heightened. Exhaustion resulting from a full day of work starts heavily contributing to your ‘new year, new you’ fitness regime. Even those of us who (wisely) have taken the non-committal approach to resolutions, working on self-development rather than superficial changes, these last few days will have put to the test just how committed you actually are to cutting out toxic influences. But fear not, temptations and new challenges don’t equate to failure.
Your approach to these new challenges is instrumental in continuously committing to your new year’s resolutions. If you find enthusiasm lagging, try these various tricks for actually sticking to your New Year’s resolutions for 2019.
Make a note of your why and your plan of action
The idea is that when setting goals, you take time to write them down and really evaluate each one. Think about why you want to achieve said goal, where you are now and where you would like to be upon completing the goal. Then think about your plan of attack by breaking the goal down into small, achievable steps. For example, if your goal for 2019 is to get over your fear of public speaking, your goal evaluation exercise may look like the following.
Why I want to achieve this goal: I’m tired of letting my fear of public speaking get in the way of exciting opportunities.
Where I am now: Public speaking brings me out in a rash.
Where I want to be: I want to be part of panels at exciting event rather than watching from the audience, wishing I had the courage.
Plan of attack: Attend a class or support group for budding public speakers. Practice public speaking as often as possible, starting small and building my way up.
In writing down your goals you suddenly make them more tangible because you’ve created a resource to refer back to and check in with your progress. These serve as small ways to hold yourself accountable while also feeling confident in how you’re going to achieve your resolutions
Following on from the reality check, remember it’s ok to start small and build your way up with certain targets. For the more competitive, kickstart your 2019 achievements with a small goal, one that’s relatively easy to achieve. An early sense of accomplishment will then fuel your determination to achieve bigger goals throughout the year.
Make it easy
First things first, make achieving your goal as easy as possible for yourself. If you have gone down the healthy living route, meal prep to avoid those 3pm cravings or treat yo’self lunch breaks. Cutting out sugar? You better at least hide the sugary items in your kitchen if you can’t bring yourself to get rid of them completely. If you’ve committed to spending more time in the gym, join a gym along the route of your commute to work. It’s harder to walk away if you’re literally passing the door on route. Maybe you’ve committed to a gratitude journal or reading more, in which case keep your kindle, journal and a pen by your bed, within your eye line and within reach should you already have cosied up.
But also, dream big
Ask yourself what your ideal 2019 would look like. Use that as a starting point for setting goals then refer back to this question when in need of a motivation boost. Once you’ve created that vision whether in your head or on paper, don’t compromise, don’t forget about it, don’t stray from it. You owe it to yourself to make this dream a reality and if you really want something, you’ll always find a way to make it happen.