At Chrysalis Courses we have new years resolutions which include keeping up the high level of satisfaction expected by our students. We also know that millions of people around the world have New Years resolutions as well.

 

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?

 

It seems the most common are:-

 

Losing Weight

Getting Fit

Drinking Less Alcohol

Quit Smoking

 

Around 80% of people fail with their resolutions.  This isn’t meant to put you off, but it is meant to help you make your resolutions clear, achievable and more likely to succeed.

 

So how do you create a successful New Year’s resolution?

 

  • Decide if you actually want to change something, or if you are doing it because you feel you should.  Remember that by choosing something that you really want, you are more likely to succeed.
  • You are far more likely to succeed if you choose one resolution than if you choose several.
  • Set yourself a goal that is achievable.  Losing weight may be the right thing for you, but instead of looking at the total amount you want to lose and then becoming disheartened when it takes a while to achieve, choose a smaller goal and then increase this as you go.
  • Decide who in your life is supportive and tell them your goals.  They can help keep you motivated and perhaps offer help if the going gets tough.
  • Remember that the subconscious doesn’t deal in negatives, so make your resolutions positive and about what you want to achieve rather than what you don’t want any more.
  • Focus on how it will be when you have achieved your goal rather than what it is like to be on the journey.
  • Accept that sometimes you may have a moment or even a day when things don’t go according to plan.  This is ok, just accept it for what it is, a small glitch, and then carry on the next day.
  • If it is not going accordingly to plan, seek help or advice from an appropriate person, or re-visit whether you genuinely want to achieve this in the first place.
  • Remember to find other things to focus on whilst you are working towards your goal.  If you are always thinking about food, or that cigarette, you are more inclined to feel the need eat or smoke.
  • Work out what works well for you and use that to help you:-

Keep a food diary, or a photo/image of how you want to look

Keep a photo of healthy lungs

Write down all the positives you feel when you haven’t been drinking

Keep a plan of healthy, gentle exercise you can do throughout the day to hand and check of what you have done each day.

 

If it is really important to you to succeed, you will find a way.