Do you feel as though you achieved both everything and nothing at the same time in 2016? Are you ready to turn over a new leaf? What better time than New Years Eve to make positive changes and put your best foot forward into 2017 with a bomb.com resolution that you will hopefully stick to!
Don’t set yourself up for failure in 2017 by vowing to make huge changes that will be hard to keep. Instead, follow these five steps for successfully making a New Year’s resolution you can stick to for good.
JUST PICK ONE THING
If you want to change your life or lifestyle, don’t try to change the whole thing at once: it simply won’t work. Instead, pick one area of your life to change to begin with. Make it something concrete so you know exactly what change you’re planning to make. When you’ve got the one habit down pat a few months in, whether it’s drinking less, exercising a set number of times per week or cutting down smoking, you can graduate to bigger changes after that.
What is the one habit you most want to change? If you want to pick more than one thing go ahead, but be prepared to accept possible failures!
To succeed, you need to research the change you want to instil in your life and prepare for it! Whether it’s taking up yoga or becoming vegan, do your research so you’re better informed and write notes about it. If you’re planning on leading a more active lifestyle, invest in some workout gear to get you motivated so that there can’t be any excuses.
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PICK A START DATE
Lets be real for a second here… we all know the actual start date of your New Years Resolution will most likely not be on the 1st of January, most likely due to a hangover that will be lurking from the night before. Especially in the case where you’ve promised yourself to stop drinking or to drink less and you had one last hoorah!
Pick a date in the first or second week of January once the silly season has died down a little and everybody goes back to their daily lives.
WRITE IT ALL DOWN
If it’s down on paper or at least printed off the computer, then it exists in real life and can act as a point of reference when you’re feeling unmotivated and uninspired. Write down all the pros and cons of achieving your resolution and explain in your own words the reasons why you wanted to do this in the first place.
In addition to this, make a commitment and write it down on some small cards. You can keep these in your wallet, your car or stuck to your bathroom mirror for an extra dose of positive reinforcement! Your commitment card will say something like: I enjoy a clean, smoke-free life, I meditate daily or I stay calm and in control even during times of stress.
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Small rewards are great encouragement to keep you going during the hardest first days! First write down some end-of-week rewards in your diary to TREAT YO SELF for all your hard work. It might be a night out to a movie, purchasing something you’ve had your eye on or getting your hair blow dried before a week end, whatever makes you tick.
Later on in the year you can switch the rewards to monthly and then at the end of 2017 pick an anniversary present to yourself – you deserve it and you would have earned it!
Be realistic and prepare for failure at the same time though, just always remember to write down why you were triggered to lapse from your resolution and learn to avoid it. Perseverance is the key to success! You can do it boo!
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