So, it's 2017 and many people will have made New Years Resolutions. However, most people will have failed to keep these by now.
Why do we start off with good intentions only to fail? Research shows that only 8% of people who have made a New Year’s resolution were able to meet their goal, according to a study from the University of Scranton.
Part of the problem is that many people set goals that are unobtainable and unrealistic and most of us want quick, fast results. For example, a resolution to lose weight is a popular one - but as soon as the person loses just 0.5 or 1lb a week, they can quickly lose motivation and end up going back to their old eating habits.
Another popular resolution is to quit smoking. But research shows that choosing 1st January to quit isn't always the best day - if you really wanted to give up the November before for instance, this just serves as a procrastination tactic.
As humans, we often want to run before we can walk and we end up sabotaging ourselves.
So what is the solution?
In reality, small changes happen over time that lead to a big success.
- Set small goals, not a massive one! (E.g go running a few times a week before committing to a marathon)
- Develop self discipline. If you're serious about sticking to your resolution, it takes discipline and time management.
- Get a friend involved. Depending on the resolution, you can get a friend involved - exercising/losing weight is a great one to employ a friend for!
- Seek professional help. For example, if it's to quit smoking, you could look at the NHS stop smoking website, or you could employ a hypnotherapist like me for a 2 hour session after which, you'll never have to smoke again.
- Acknowledge your achievements - however small.
So, are you ready to achieve in 2017? Whatever it is, good luck! And use these tips in this blog. If you want more support, you can find out whether we can help you with a free initial consultation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07873 227455.