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How to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions – 4 tips that work

Yep, you know it, we’re right in the midst of that time of year! You know the time you promise yourself that you’re going to squat every single day until you have a booty good enough to show off all over Instagram, or that you’ll learn to play the piano like Beethoven, or that you’ll eat nothing but kale for every single meal (because that’s healthy, right?).

No but really, with the new year comes the new year’s resolutions. Good idea, right? But let’s be honest, how many people do you know who convinced themselves they could do a dry January and stumbled at the first hurdle (i.e. the first Friday in January, after a crazy week back at work)?

So, what can we do to stick to the resolutions, even when January starts to seem like a distant memory…

What we’re going to do is follow some super simple step to make sure that we’re not going to be those people who promise themselves that this year they’ll run a marathon, and it gets to October and the only form of running you’ve done all year is running away from your problems.

Can we make 2018 the best year yet? Yep! Can we end the year with a bum better than Kim Kardashian’s? Maybe not! Can we make 2018 the year that we (dare I say it) actually stick to our resolutions? Hell yeah!

And here’s how we’re going to do it:

  • Don’t make too many resolutions!

If you’re like me, you probably won’t remember more than a few anyway, but keep it simple. Make your resolutions clear and concise. This’ll make it easier to stay focused.

  • Tell people what they are…

Tell other people what your goals are for the year, make them known. This will help you stick to them. Firstly because of the worry that you’re going to look a bit silly to other people if you give up too early, and, more importantly, because they’ll be able to motivate you, or if you’re really lucky they might also be planning on getting incredibly fit this year, and before you know you’ll be knocking the Brownlee brothers off the top spot as the dynamic duo of the athletic world! (For the record, this isn’t likely).

  • Make them measurable:

Resolutions are much easier to achieve if the success can be measured. Don’t be too ambitious, you’re not Elon Musk.

So, for example, don’t just aim to get fitter this year, aim to exercise 3 times a week, or run a half marathon, or whatever your heart desires…  

  • Don’t be too hard on yourself.

You slip up, you miss a day at the gym, you eat a doughnut, don’t sweat it honey! We’re all human, we all f**k up sometimes and believe it or not, it’s ok.

Don’t punish yourself, don’t give up. Just accept it… Ok, so today wasn’t a good day, but have you seen tomorrow? Get back on your high horse, you’ve got this!

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