Are You Ready to Make 2019 Your Year?

As another year gets off to a start, you may have done what millions of other people do and set yourself some New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you want to lose weight, quit smoking, or work on achieving some other goal. That’s fantastic, and I wish you the very best in 2019, but let’s be honest for a moment… How many people actually achieve their resolutions?

It’s all too common to begin with the best intentions, but then end up failing by mid-January as you concede defeat and realise your resolutions were fuelled by some kind of guilt or jumping on the New Year, New You bandwagon. I remember reading once that 88% of people fail to achieve their resolutions. It’s a staggering statistic, but one that I refuse to let you be a part of. 2019 can be your year, and I’m here to help you make it exactly that. Here are my top five tips to help you achieve your resolutions.

  • Work out what you actually want to achieve: it’s important to be as precise as possible here. For example, simply saying you want to lose weight or become slim is a bit basic. However, saying that you want to lose five stone by next Christmas is a specific and meaningful target. It’s also achievable, which leads me to my next tip.

  • Make sure that your resolution is something that’s achievable: if your resolution is to finally look like Angelina Jolie or meet Tom Hardy and live happily ever after, you may end up disappointed. Of course, they’re silly examples of resolutions, and although I am indeed disappointed that I’ll never end up living happily ever after with Tom Hardy, I’m aware that it’s not a realistic goal. So, make sure that your resolution is something that you can actually achieve

  • Plan to succeed: I often say success is all in the planning, and I’m sure you’re aware of the saying that if you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail. I believe that to be a true statement and recommend planning your success as much as possible. Using weight loss as an example again, when you have decided how much weight you want to lose, plan how you are going to lose that weight. This may involve joining an exercise class, committing to being more active in general, making sure your portions of food are smaller, or anything else that is going to aid your weight loss. When you have a plan in mind, write it on a piece of paper and put it up somewhere in full view. This helps your resolution and the plan become more real. Seeing it regularly will also serve as a reminder to take action.

  • Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and don’t feel that you need to live like a monk: throughout the year there will be good days and bad days. You’re human and sometimes you may slip up. That’s life. However, don’t beat yourself up about it. If you have a blip, remind yourself that tomorrow is a new day and that you can start again or continue on that next day. Putting pressure on yourself will only cause unnecessary stress, so take a relaxed approach to your resolution and take it a day at a time.

  • Tell your friends and family about your goal: those important people in your life are your support network. Tell them what your resolution is and discuss how you’re going to achieve it. Ask them to help you keep on track or check in with you to see how you are getting on. Also, once you’ve told people what you’d like to achieve, it’s motivation to get cracking so that you avoid failure. Just remember tip number four.

And a bonus tip… JFDI. Once you know what you want to achieve and have made a plan, take action!