It’s that time of year again. The time when we reflect on the past twelve months and set our sights on the year ahead. Like most people, you have probably drafted a few New Year’s resolutions that you’re hoping to achieve. But making lasting change is not always easy. There are a few key things that you can do to increase your chances of success.
1. Set Realistic Goals
There’s nothing wrong with you striving to be in your best form, but it’s important to set goals that are achievable. Make sure that your goals are specific, measurable, and realistic. Why is this important?
Well, specific and realistic goals are more likely to lead to successful outcomes than goals that are vague or overly ambitious. And when you can see and measure your progress, you’re more likely to feel motivated throughout the years.
That being said, before you set any goals, it’s important to take a step back and assess your current situation. This will not only help you identify your starting point but also set goals that are achievable.
2. Make a Plan
A plan is definitely key when it comes to achieving your goals. It will serve as a guide to your goals and help you to stay organized.
When you make a plan, be sure to include all the necessary steps that you will take to reach your goals. And don’t forget to schedule some time for reflection and assessment. This will help you to monitor your progress and provide room to make necessary adjustments to your plan.
3. Find a Support System
The power of social support should not be overlooked. It’s been shown to be a key factor in successful behavior change. So, if you’re looking to make some changes in your life, it’s a good idea to find a support system.
This could be anyone from a close friend, a family member, or even an online support community. The most important thing is that you look for someone who will understand your goals and offer encouragement along the way.
Also, if you’re looking to make some lifestyle changes, it can be helpful to find a group or class to participate in. This could be anything from a sports club to online psychiatry.
4. Be Prepared for Setbacks
Setbacks are a normal part of any change process. And how well you get back on track can make all the difference.
When you hit a setback, it’s important to take a few steps back and analyze the whole situation. This will help you to identify what went wrong, when it happened and how you can prevent the same thing from happening in the future. Remember, setbacks are normal, and they don’t mean that you’re a failure.
5. Reward Yourself
Don’t forget to celebrate your small or even big accomplishments along the way. This will help to keep you motivated and on track. Also, be sure to reward yourself in a way that matches your goals. For example, if you’re trying to shed some weight, don’t reward yourself with something like a pint of ice cream.
Instead, try something like taking a relaxing bath or buying yourself a new book. The important thing is to find something that will help you stay motivated without sabotaging your efforts.
Remember, the goal is to become your best self, not just to lose weight or quit smoking. So, make ensure that your rewards reflect this.
6. Be Patient
Lastly, remember that change takes time. So, be very patient with yourself and don’t expect results overnight. Give your goals some time to take effect, and hope that you will get there in the end.
Also, remember that there is no such thing as perfection. So, don’t strive for perfectionism. Just aim to keep improving yourself and trust that it will be enough.
Making lasting change is not always easy, but it is possible. By following all the tips above, you can increase your chances of success. Just remember to be patient and enjoy the journey. After all, it’s all about becoming your best self.