Stuff New Year Resolutions.

Tis the season to be jolly!  It’s also the season to overdo it and why wouldn’t we?  It’s all part of the festive spirit! Or at least that’s our excuse until the thought of downing another calorie laden treat makes us groan with guilt. Before long, the tummy can’t hack it and we want to be good again with no tummy!  And so we turn our attention to New Year resolutions.

Usually we fly through January and are still on target in February. By March we get distracted. We slack of mid year and by the time winter rolls round we tell ourselves we’ll start all over again in the New Year! So how do we avoid this pattern? How can we make a new year’s resolution and actually stick to it?

Well, forget the insufferable crash diet. We all know they don’t work!  The only way we human beings stick to anything is when our clothes feel like they have shrunk and our giganormous tummy is being held in by a very tight belt. To change our ways we are either in great pain or highly motivated and determined about what we want to achieve. We must want it so bad it hurts. Unless you are incredibly disciplined, its only when something tortures us to the point of distraction, do we actually get up off our backsides and do something about it.

In the past I’ve found it better not to make a list of New Year’s resolutions. Just make one. Better still, set a goal rather than a New Year’s resolution. When you set goals, you mean business and it takes the wishful thinking out of the New Year’s promises. Break each goal down into achievable steps were there is an end and a celebration in sight. Make your goals smart—specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timed—but don’t forget that the best goals are personal, something that means a lot to you, so know why you want to lose weight, get out of debt, trek Machu Picchu. Make your goals smart and meaningful.

Pursue one goal at a time. I have learnt this the hard way. I set out in 2012 to finish a number of projects I have been working on. Bad idea. I didn’t achieve what I wanted to achieve because my energy was all over the place. My goal in 2014 is to focus on one project at a time.  This time round I am going to keep one goal in mind, write it down and put it somewhere I will be reminded of it every day… and I suggest you do the same.

It is possible to stick to a New Year’s resolution or goal if you are consistent, diligent and make it routine. However, a change of schedule is inevitable at times and sometimes it is best to accept, from the beginning, that not everything may go according to plan. Life happens and it will happen again in 2014. The best way to deal with life is have a plan B, C and D if need be. Know it will be necessary to move the goal posts from time to time.

But for the most of it, make your goal a priority. As you meet your goal, every other area of your life will improve as well because you will have a confident boost like no other!  Don’t spend another year being less than your absolute best self!

May I take this opportunity to thank you for reading throughout the year and may I wish you the happiest and healthiest of holidays and good luck with your goals for 2014.