New Year's Resolutions!
What are you saying to yourself now that the year is about to come to an end?
- I wish I kept to the diet
- I wish I'd lost that weight
- I wish I had eaten more fruit and veg
- I wish I had done more exercise
I assume that a lot of you will be making New Years resolutions - but are there the same ones that you made last year, and the year before?
New Years resolutions can be a great thing, but I think that most people try to do too much in one go, and then give up because the goal that they have set themselves is totally unrealistic.
Tip #1 - Set a goal. This may take a bit of time, but please do take the time - it will be worth it!
My belief is that most people give up on their resolutions not because they don't know what to do, but they don't know WHY they are doing it. And "Because I want to lose 2 stone" ISN'T the "WHY".
First set a SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound) goal, such as "I want to lose 2 stone by the end of 2015." WRITE THIS DOWN. Studies have shown that the act of writing down a goal means you are more likely to achieve it.
Then (and this is VERY important) write down WHY you want to achieve that goal. Be really honest with yourself. What would it mean to you to achieve that goal? What would you be able to do (that you can't now) when you have achieved your goal? What are people going to say to you when you have achieved your goal? How will you feel when you have achieved your goal?
Then write down everything that will happen if you DON'T achieve your goal? Again, be very honest here.
then really visualise yourself already having achieved the goal. Close your eyes and see what you look like, feel what you feel like, hear what others are saying about you.
make the goal a SMARTER goal - make sure that it is Exciting and also have a big Reward that is not food related that you can aim for when you achieve it!
Pin this up somewhere visible so that you are reminded of this every day.