January is the month full of motivation and unwavering self-belief that our New Year’s resolutions are actually going to last the whole year.
I hate to be “that person”, but this is rarely the case. As soon as February rolls around the gym membership you paid for is rarely being used, the yoga mat is collecting dust in the corner of your room and you’ve gone from meditating once a day to once a week…if that.
But now that January is over don’t be tempted to lull back into your 2017 routine.
Here are 3 simple tips to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions for the rest of the year.
Be realistic about what you can achieve
As the New Year rolls around we often set some grandiose plans by making a huge list of all the things we want to achieve. And while we stick to the massive task we have set for ourselves in the first month of the year, it gets harder coming into February.
Don’t try to do too much. Pick one or two things for you to focus on in 2018 not 5 or 6. Do the one or two really well and you’ll feel amazing.
2. Planning is key
If you’re goal was to hit the gym 3 times a week this year, start to plan how you can actually achieve this. Making goals without a plan of how you can achieve them is setting yourself up for failure.
I know you felt on a hot streak while it was January, but come Feb its going to get harder. Start making those plans now and set yourself up for success.
3. Start small and end big
Often people make a resolution such as “running a marathon” or “eating healthy”. These blanket grand statements are great but they won’t actually help you achieve your goal.
Set yourself small goals, such as running 3 times a week or throwing out all the junk food in your fridge. If you keep setting yourself small goals as the weeks continue, you’ll reach your big goal.