One in three of us will have made a New Year resolution and a third will have pledged to get healthier. But only one in ten of us will stick to it.
How will you beat the statistics?
Make a promise
Because let's face it: saying it and doing it are actually very different things in life. If you want one to stick, there are few psychological tweaks to help you do it.
Instead of thinking of your good intentions as a resolution, make a promise. Tell your friend, coworker or family member just what you’re going to do so it gives you a sense of accountability. If they are open to it, ask them to check in with you weekly or monthly to see how it's going.
On the same note, if the person you've made a promise to doubts your abilities, choose someone else. Their doubt has nothing to do with you, but actually is about their own insecurities. Do not let their negativity slow you down. Find someone new to make the promise to who is supportive and excited for you.
Might we suggest making a promise to your gym. Sign up for 12 months, commit to Personal Training sessions, and make a promise to the reception team that you'll see them weekly. They'll love it!
Be specific with your promises. Have a long think about what you want to achieve, how you’re going to get there and then make it concrete. Break it out by month or week, and see what you need to achieve in order to make your promise happen. Set yourself milestones along the way to hit (and what you'll reward yourself with at each milestone).
Write it down somewhere that you will often see it: the dashboard of your car, on your alarm clock or in a calendar app.
Incentivise and thrive
Self-reward is important to forming habits. If you can make it through a month of new resolution, you deserve a reward. Studies show that these rewards actually help your motivation.
The trouble is that unless you have a particularly altruistic bunch of mates, any rewards are going to be those you give yourself. Here's some ideas to reward yourself with:
- New trainers or gym outfit
- Indulgent dinner out, champagne inclusive
- Host a movie night with all your fave classics
- Buy a fancy coffee
- Get outside for an afternoon (make a picnic, grab a blanket and read, hike)
- Enjoy your favourite dessert
Stick To It
It takes 21 days to start doing something without thinking. Called automaticity, it’s what we’re after and is the true measure of a successful habit.
You can use the turn of the year to kick start you out of autopilot. Make deliberate moves to add your new plan to existing routine. If your gym is on the route between home and work, make a point of leaving earlier to fit in a workout. Before long, the habit will be thoroughly instilled and you’ll naturally give yourself that extra bit of time to do so.
It’s called ‘if-then’ planning and feeds off triggers already around us. Thinking of having a coffee? Make a point of having an apple too. Make it through the month and things get far easier.
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