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Monday, 1 January 2018

How To Actually Stick To Your New Year's Resolutions (2018)

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So January is here - it's that time of the year again where we all make a list of self-improving habits and related goals we vow to achieve throughout the year.  The first month or weeks into the year are usually the easiest you have all the motivation in the world, then comes February you are now fighting hard in an attempt to stay on track but eventually the motivation is lost. *SIGH* Yet another year, another failed New Year's resolution and of course you tell yourself "I will give it another shot next year". We have all been there right? However 2018 can be different..

Firstly, when it comes to making resolutions do not follow the crowd and go with the typical resolutions. Instead, be more specific - are you going to the gym because you really want to start a healthy lifestyle in order to achieve your body goals or because that's what everyone else is doing? Once you think of your own goals and aspirations make them the centre of your resolutions. This then gives you a genuine drive to work hard and achieve these goals. To keep the motivation going and to reinforce your goals it is important you constantly remind yourself of the purpose - why you are doing something and what it means to you? You can do this by either writing your goals down or making a vision board and place it where you can see it often. According to a book called The Secret  (Which I highly recommend), visualisation is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do. As humans we are like magnets; we become and attract what we think and of course if you are constantly thinking of greatness and success, hard work and determination becomes second nature to you like breathing.

Also, planning ahead is key - don't be one off those people that make their resolutions on New Years Eve based on their mindset on the day. Think of your reaching your goals like traveling to a destination, you don't leave on the spur of the moment and drive aimlessly 🤷‍♀️ A goal without a plan is just a wish.

Do bear in mind that things can't all be achieved at once and patience is crucial. Whilst being realistic, keep your resolutions simple and focus clearly on your most important goal(s). If you have one big goal, focus on the small steps required to achieve it. Lastly, remember when working towards something mistakes and slip ups are inevitable, do not let it throw you off the track. This is just a temporary failure, use it as a lesson to help refocus your attention and motivation. Usually this is a perfect time to remind yourself the reason behind your resolution: I love the quote "Setting and reaching goals isn't about willpower, it's about the power of your intention".  Overall do be not too hard on yourself! Seek support from other people when needed and reward yourself when you reach smaller milestone achievements as well as the bigger goals.

  Good Luck and Cheers to a positive, healthy and happy new year!

                                                                      -Rue xx 


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