HOW TO STAY RESOLUTE THROUGH JANUARY AND BEYOND
January is a month of change – between 40-50% of us are striving to change something (or some things!) in our lives for a better year ahead. But according to data as few as 8% of people who set resolutions will achieve them, and we are most likely to break our resolutions roughly just three weeks into January!
It’s not all bad news though – those of us who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain our goals those who don’t make any. So don’t give up just yet, there is still hope for the ‘new year, new you’ intentions you started with. We’ve got some top tips to help you stay resolute through January (especially that pesky third week):
Give your Willpower a workout
Willpower is like a muscle; it grows when you give it a workout. The more you use your willpower – the stronger it gets. So the more you work your willpower in January the stronger it will get for the rest of the year. With every week you exercise it, so it’ll only get easier!
This article gives some great tips on how to strengthen your will power – but like any muscle it can be overused too so don’t cut out everything at once and put your willpower under too much strain for the greatest chance of success!
Share your new intentions
If you tell your friends and family about your new year’s resolution then they are much more able to support you with it. This is particularly useful for health, fitness, weight loss resolutions where you are often avoiding temptation. If your friends and family know you are cutting out chocolate/cigarettes/alcohol they are much less likely to flaunt them in your face if they themselves are still opting for the less healthy options (or indeed have already fallen off the bandwagon!) You could also consider joining a support group, online community, workout group etc. as facing challenges as a group may seem a little less intimidating than tackling them alone.
Plan little rewards for yourself
If you are facing a particularly difficult challenge – perhaps staying booze free at a dinner party or keeping up the new exercise regime on holiday – then plan a little reward for yourself once you have conquered the hurdle successfully.Gretchen Rubin, author of the best-selling book ‘The Happiness Project’ says of the psychology of treats; ‘When we give ourselves treats, we feel energized, cared for, and contented, which boosts our self-command — and self-command helps us maintain our healthy habits.’ But remember your reward doesn’t have to be the very thing you are trying to cut out/avoid (e.g. don’t reward yourself for losing weight by eating fast food!) – be creative with your rewards; go somewhere, see someone, do something you have always wanted to do! Go on – you deserve it!
Believe in Yourself!
Perhaps the most important tip of all is to believe in yourself! You wouldn’t have set out for failure when you set your new year resolution… and you believed in yourself right at the beginning of the year so you should still believe in yourself now!
And don’t forget – the fact that you have even set yourself a new year’s resolution means you are 10 times more likely to achieve your goals than those who haven’t…so go on, give yourself a pat on the back!