It’s the last day of February, which means it’s time to ask yourself – “Where are my resolutions at?”
You’ve had two months now to lose those 10kgs you keep talking about, halve your weekend wine intake, finish your novel and get more sleep all at the same time.
Need a bit of help? I thought so.
There’s plenty of research around how long people are generally able to keep their new year’s resolutions for, but the consensus is that around 75% of us are only capable of holding out for a couple of weeks. Few make it through the month of February, and then by March we usually don’t even remember what we pledged to do.
Not you though, dear reader! Tomorrow, on the first of March, you’re going to feel as fresh as the first of January (without the once a year hangover of course)!
Here’s how it’s going to work.
First, admit to yourself that it’s ok to fail.
Don’t beat yourself up over the fact that you haven’t stuck to your goals. We all do it. Rather than thinking about how much of a screw-up you are, focus on how you can get back up on that horse. Go on, get!
Focus on the resolutions that matter.
Here’s a big tip – the resolutions that matter the most are the ones that are going to result in positive changes for the long-haul, not just short-term. Take the time to reassess what’s most important to you and what will benefit you, your friends and family the most for years to come.
If it’s a selfish resolution that isn’t going to carry positive change into the next new year – then perhaps it’s not worth chasing anyway. Leave it be, and get back on track with the things that matter (remember, you don’t need to have 10 or more resolutions each year – it’s probably better to have one or two meaningful and achievable goals).
Believe in yourself.
Chances are good that you’ve accomplished a lot of things in your life that at one point in time, you thought you were incapable of. Think about some of those things. Some of them probably seem pretty insignificant now, right?
The new year’s resolutions that you’ve set for yourself will one day become just another drop in the ocean of your life (woah, deep). Don’t over-think things too much, or supersize your goals. Think of them as small things that you will get out of the way this year. Tiny, little things. Easy. Breaking your goals into simple tasks makes them seem more achievable (like our post on super simple steps to better health).
Break it down now.
Now that you’ve mentally turned your goals into smaller obstacles, let’s make them even smaller.
For example – if you plan to lose a few kilos this year, don’t plan for it to all happen within the first couple of weeks. If you want to lose 10kgs over the space of the year, break that number down into more achievable chunks. That works out to be less than 1kg per month. If you break it down again, it’s only around 200 grams per week. Now that you know what you want to accomplish, get someone to help you. Check out our healthy work lunch options or treat yourself to a visit to a dietician and figure out the small tweaks you need to make to your day-to-day life to get it done. Hey – why don’t you Nimble it? That’s what our short term loans are for!
Get rid of distractions.
This is the part where you let go of the past. Write down the things that have stopped you achieving these goals in the past. Lack of finances, family dramas, etc. Acknowledge that they were significant in your life, but that they don’t matter now. You can’t hold on to excuses forever. That’s just silly.
Were these tips helpful? Let us know how you’re going with your new year’s resolutions, or what you’re doing to achieve yours. Whilst you’re at it, why not check out our great post on financial New Years Resolutions.