Renew Your Motivation for your New Year Resolutions

Each year many people start off with perfectly good intentions when they make New Year Resolutions, but you’re not alone if that new fitness program, “healthy” eating plan or (insert any other resolution here) doesn’t go as well as you had hoped.

It’s all too common for people to struggle to continue with their good intentions much beyond February, but why is this?

Too little time, no willpower, too tired. You may have a whole host of reasons, or should we say “excuses”, but what it boils down to is bad planning and the fact that change is just plain difficult.

The truth is that we all have the ability to keep our resolutions and make important changes anytime in our lives.  The problem is the lack of a clear positive strategy needed to see them through.

Resolutions are generally about changing or stopping certain things in your life and replacing these with something that you want to become your new habit.

Psychologists have found that it takes at least 30 days to establish a new habit or thought behaviour.  Forming these new habits takes repetition and focus. Here are a few pointers to help.

  1. Start small and think about the process you need to go through. For example, if your goal is to become fitter then walk 10 minutes every day and gradually build up the time.  Don’t start by saying you are going to walk/jog 30 minutes 3 times a week if you haven’t exercised for years.
  1. Be positive – it’s OK if you didn’t get to the gym like you planned – just do 5 minutes of exercises at home instead and keep the momentum going.
  1. Remind yourself exactly why you are doing this. What have you gained and what         will you gain by achieving your goal are important questions to keep you focused.
  1. Keep that inspiration alive by continuing to work on your goals, even after facing setbacks.

If your current approach is not working, re-evaluate your strategies, get help from friends, family or a wellness coach, and get back the motivation to have an All Year Resolution.

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