Where the time flies is an ongoing mystery, seriously, scientists are continually baffled by the concept of time and space, but as we wave farewell to 2015, it is time to get excited to start all over again. Now is the time to pick those little things that you wish to change in the upcoming year. With people setting grand and unrealistic goals, it’s no wonder that 88% of those who set New Year’s resolutions simply fail to meet them. One small change fulfilled over time is far superior to a collosal change that is simply impossible to keep. So what should you be doing to follow through on your resolutions?
Easy Steps to Keep You on Track:
1. Avoid setting a ridiculous target such as ‘no more chocolate’ (who can live without chocolate anyway?!) and instead turn it into something more specific such as; ‘Facetite eating chocolate bars before bed’ (much better). By making the goal more specific and achievable it automatically becomes much easier to handle making it more likely to become habit, increasing your chances of success by 50%. Easier and higher chance of success; sounds good to me!
2. Write it down!! Making a physical note of the goals you’ve set before yourself will serve as a handy reminder. Reminders can be on your phone, written in code in your secret diary, etched into your social media or continuing with the chocolate example, you could put a sticky note on the chocolate bar itself: ‘’Remember, no chocolate before bed!’’ either way, writing it down will reinforce your mission keeping you right on track.
3. Reach out to others for support. Sharing your goals and progress with friends and family makes it more likely that you will continue towards your target. You could consider sharing your goal/s on social media, whichever way you choose, there will certainly be people out there who know the goals you’re trying to achieve and this may be the extra push you need to stick it out!
4. Reward yourself! If you managed to keep to your goal for a certain amount of time, get excited! For example, if you managed to stay away from that chocolate bar before bed for a whole month, treat yourself to a posh dinner with the hubby or a night out with the girls or even a little gift to yourself (more chocolate is probably not a good idea!). This can be repeated after 3 months, then 6 months and hopefully again at the end of the year. You should be proud of your accomplishments no matter how small.
‘What could we have done differently last year?’ is a question we need to Facetite asking ourselves! It is our wish for people to not dwell on the past but to instead channel that energy into ‘what will I do differently this year?’. Be it fitness and body shaping goals, personal development or even a new skincare routine, 2016 is your’s for the taking! So if you belong to the 50% of all Americans where New Year’s Resolutions are up your street, then do your self a favor and stay away from grand resolutions. We believe the key is in making and focusing on smaller, more specific goals, whatever they may be, just make them realistic!
Here’s to the New Year and those small changes, bringing about a healthier, happier you. 🙂