The New Year inspires all sorts of resolutions from daily morning runs and quitting alcohol to financial crackdowns and ambitious travel goals, all with the best intentions. However, let’s be honest, more often than not, they fall flat. One thing is certain: sticking to your goals definitely isn’t as easy as making them. But fret not, we’ve compiled a fail-proof guide to smashing out your 2021 resolutions.
At the risk of sounding boring, it’s important to be realistic when setting goals to ensure you achieve them. Focus on new habits that are within reach instead of setting the bar too high – like taking your vitamins every day ;)
Swap “I’m going to quit takeaways” to “I’m going to limit takeaways to once a month”
Break it up
Further to the above, by breaking down your overall vision into bite-sized goals, you’re more likely to nail the end goal. Plus, there’s nothing like the rewarding buzz of ticking goals off each week/month/quarter to keep you on track.
Dropping 10kgs within two months is quite a mammoth task. Instead, break this up into more achievable chunks e.g. “I will lose at least 2kgs each month”.
Write it down
There’s something to be said for writing your goals down. Putting pen to paper makes your goals more tangible and further cements them in your mind. Make sure it’s written somewhere you’ll see it every day though like on your fridge, a sticky note on your computer screen or make it fun and bedazzle it onto your bedroom mirror.
Taking on a goal with a friend, partner or your family, is another great way to achieve goals because if you cave you won’t just be letting yourself down but someone else too. Why not commit to running a half marathon with a friend? Or, cut sugar with the flatties or family? By the same token, if you have your own personal goals, it’s great to share with as many people as possible to keep you on track. It’s only human nature that your pride will stop you from having to tell your friends you failed.
Nailing your goals is something to be proud of so celebrate the wins! You’ve put in the hard yards so you deserve it. Just don’t celebrate with actions that undo all of your hard work. You wouldn’t celebrate three months of no smoking with a cigarette would you? But spending those savings on new clothes…that’s a reward we can get around.
Ask for support
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Having a sound support network might be the helping hand you need when times get tough. In fact, you’ll find people will love to help you achieve your goals. Work out with your partner, keep your snacks in your work mate’s desk drawer or make your friends vow to not letting you order Uber Eats after a night out. Remember it's important to practice self-care when working towards a goal, you don't want to burnout - after all, a happier and healthier you is more likely to kick-ass!