New Years Resolutions: How to develop new habits

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Everyone has ideas of how to make themselves a better person. Sometimes we need to ditch old habits and sometimes we need to build new ones. The New Year is a great time to make a positive change in the way you live, so that you can become a happier and healthier person for the months ahead. Here are some goal-setting tips and ideas to inspire your New Years resolutions.

 

  1. Be realistic: Many people set high standards for themselves when making resolutions. They aren’t necessarily impossible, but they may be far-fetched or extremely demanding and time consuming. Often, when they realize that their goals aren’t realistic, they get intimidated and forget the goal entirely! Set attainable goals for yourself so they seem more approachable and easy enough to achieve.
  2. Make monthly goals: Studies have shown that it takes 21 days to develop a habit. Consider setting simple monthly goals instead of a  major resolution at the start of the year. This means 12 improvements made to your life instead of one!
  3. It’s OK to change your goals: It is easy to become to “destination-oriented” when making resolutions. It’s always acceptable to improve, tweak or even ditch a goal. People’s values and aspirations can change, and sometimes your goals must change with them. Before making any major changes, try to remember why you set the goal in the first place, and why you want to make a change, so that you won’t have any regrets about your decision later on.
  4. Write it down: Write your resolution somewhere where you will see it everyday. This way it will always be in your mind, and you can make progress towards it every day.
  5. Tell people your goal: Your friends and family can be great motivation for you when working towards a goal. They will check in with you and make sure you are on the right track. Maybe you will even inspire them to work towards the same goal!
  6. Remember why you set the goal: Every time you feel like giving up, remember why you set the goal in the first place. For example, if you feel like skipping a workout, think about how you wanted to improve your health and self- confidence at the start of the year.
  7. Find a mentor: Find someone who is really good at what you are working towards being good at. You can seek advice, feedback, encouragement and inspiration from them along your journey. Make sure you are able to identify exactly what you admire about them so you are able to focus on that specific thing.
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