For the last 3-4 days, my social media walls have been flooded with lists of resolutions or intentions for the new year. When I went to the gym yesterday I could hardly find a parking space which is very unusual. Then I’ve heard someone saying she needs to lose some weight as part of her new year resolution and it hit me: full gym car park = new year resolutions :)
Because I know the enthusiasm fades easily, these are four suggestions which might help when trying to achieve your goals, intentions, resolutions:
1. Don’t set up a goal for a long period of time. The compliance will fade away the longer it takes to achieve your goal. For example, if you want to lose a stone by spring time better set yourself the goal of losing 7 pounds in two months. Once you achieve this you can then set up another weight loss goal.
2. Ask your friend or family member to be your wellness buddy. If you want to eat a healthier diet, for example, it helps to have someone supporting you. I know too well how hard it is to abstain from having that lovely Lindt chocolate when it sits nicely in the kitchen cupboard. But having your partner/family member on the wellness journey with you it means there will be no naughty temptations in sight.
3. Don't be too hard on yourself. In a way, we have been trained to feel guilty easily and failing to achieve your resolutions or intentions can bring self-doubt and frustration. If you’ve missed your gym session for today that’s ok, you will definitely attend the next session. And this leads me to the last one…
4. Be positive and confident you will achieve your goals. We all have setbacks but it’s important to carry on. When you set up a resolution it’s usually one you benefit from so be confident you will achieve it despite any possible hurdles along the way.