It’s the same thing year after year. We all overindulge during the Christmas period – we spend too much, we drink too much, we eat too much –, and then we try to compensate with over-ambitious New Year’s resolutions. But if you make a resolution based on guilt, you’re very unlikely to stick to it.
Set yourself up for success instead. Make a resolution you’ll be motivated to keep all year long by following these simple tips:
- See it as an opportunity.
Don’t see making a New Year’s resolution as a chore. See it as an opportunity to realise what you really want. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of learning a new language, or perhaps you’d like to take up guitar lessons. Now’s the time to make that dream come true.
- Be honest with yourself.
No one’s expected to be perfect. Be realistic about what you think you can achieve. Want to give up junk food but not ready to go cold turkey? See if you can limit yourself to just one treat a month. Want to hit the gym but can’t commit to daily workouts? Squeeze one or two fun exercise classes into your weekly schedule instead.
- Seek inspiration from the best.
It’s good to think of a resolution for yourself. Personal resolutions are always better than the generic, cliché resolutions (like lose weight or quit drinking) hundreds of people end up breaking before the end of January. But that doesn’t mean you can’t look elsewhere for ideas. Find inspiration from the 5 best New Year’s resolutions according to Power Spins.