It’s resolution time, and if there’s anything we learn with each passing New Year, its how those resolutions either stick like glue, or come mid-January we’re already creating excuses as to why they didn’t work. Statistics show that only 8% of us stick with our goals each year, which in term can have a negative affect when we start off our year on the wrong foot. Spiraling downwards from there, not only can these ‘failed’ resolutions being weighing on your mind, but if can affect your mood, your work ethic and it goes on from there – so how can we change this? How about we change the way we set our goals, or better yet, get away from the specifics for once. We’ve come up with a few ways to alternatively ditch the old school notion of New Years Resolutions; hello results, goodbye negativity!
Change your Timeline
The start to a new year may be a very suiting time to make some life changes, but it’s just a calendar – a lot of people seem to forget that. Don’t hold off on making a positive change just because it’s the middle of June. Try embracing the changes, rather than watching the clock (or in this case, calendar). If it’s a change you really want to make, you will make it happen.
Change your Resolution Mantra
Perhaps a list of improvements for ourselves that reads as long as your grocery list isn’t the way to go. It can be overwhelming and not surprisingly, daunting to tackle. Instead, the trend for this year seems to be finding one or two words that can sum up the changes you want to see. Write down your resolutions, then go back and write a word that can be used to describe each one – you may be surprised to see that a lot of them can be derived from the same words. Use Pinterest to help you find a word that best suits your needs (and post it at your desk, so you are constantly reminded)
Change your Expectations
If you’re part of the majority, change is hard. Be kind to yourself and give yourself a break. Instead of expecting yourself to nail all seven of your resolutions, try achieving at least two of them, or even one. When we put the pressure to adapt for one thing instead of seven, our bodies and minds will be more responsive. Try the two-week challenge – once you’ve done something for two weeks, your body will see it as routine, and once it becomes routine, that’s when you could introduce another item to tackle.