Have you made resolutions for 2018? If so, how much do you want them to come true and how likely do you think it is that you will keep to them? It’s a dilemma that most of us face when it comes to making changes. Here are my top tips for making resolutions that you can stick to:
Define your goal
Spend time thinking about what it is you want to achieve. Is it having a better work-life balance, addressing your difficult relationship with food or starting an exercise programme? Once you have a clear goal you can start to work out how to achieve it.
Ask yourself what is the first thing that you want to change and start there. By starting small, any changes that you want to make will become less overwhelming and more achievable. Don’t expect to change everything overnight; but by consistently repeating your new behaviours they will become more and more natural.
You wouldn’t expect to run a marathon tomorrow if you have done no training, so be pragmatic about how much work you need to put into making the changes you require. By making your resolutions realistic, you are more likely to stick to them over the year.
Be prepared to fail
Don’t beat yourself up if you mess up. Lapse management is one of the most important things that I help my clients deal with; and it is part of the process. Learning how to make mistakes and not let them put you off your plan, is a huge skill to learn. Reassess your goals as you progress and adjust where necessary to ensure they are still relevant to you.
Resolutions are much easier to stick to if you feel supported, so work out who or what you need in place to sustain the changes you are making. This will allow you to feel more resilient and cope better with stress. For many people having an independent, supportive coach offers the right element or support and encouragement. Feel free to contact me to find out more about how personal coaching could help you.
I'm a Personal Coach who loves finding out about what makes people tick and helping them to make the changes necessary to get to where they want to go.