by Adriana Heesh
With 2020 around the corner, not only are we looking at a New Year, but also a whole new decade! It can be easy to write a long list of goals for our future but actually sticking to them is a whole other ball game. We thought we'd help you take the guess work out of making changes and keeping them.
The first and easiest tip for keeping your resolutions is to make sure your goals are realistic. Aiming to become a millionaire tomorrow is probably not going to happen (unless you win the lottery of course!) so don't set yourself up for failure by trying to make giant changes in really small amounts of time. In fact, it might be easier to make a very achievable goal first time around, and nail it before reevaluating. The feeling of achieving something you set out to do could inspire you further with your bigger goals. One tip for making great goals is to use the SMART framework. SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Based. For example, I want to cut my 3pm cup of coffee out of my diet by January 30.
Try and spin your goal from negative, to positive. Say you want to cut fast food from your diet. Instead of placing hard and fast rules that restrict you, aim to make a goal that sounds more like, 'eat 5 serves of vegetables a day'. That way, you still have the same end result, which is a more balanced diet, but instead of saying 'no I can't have that', you're encouraged to choose more nutritionally rich foods to meet your target and don't feel like you can't have this or that.
Outline your plan for handling temptation or not sticking to something is also a really great idea. Who can you call when you feel like having that cup of coffee? Is there a tea or lemon water you could substitute? If so, make sure there's plenty available. As the saying goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Talk about it. Scream it from the rooftops. If you tell all your friends and family what your goals are, it holds you to another level of accountability, and that means you're more likely to keep up those good habits. This one goes two ways because you can be a support to those around you by checking in as well.
Don't beat yourself up! When the inevitable day comes that you have that afternoon cup of delicious coffee, acknowledging the progress you've made so far instead of obsessing over your mistake will make the next day much easier. We all slip up sometimes, you just have to take it one day at a time. Accepting that not every day is perfect and being a witness to these moments instead of drowning them in guilt will make you more likely to start the next day in a better headspace.
Keep Trying. If you reach September and look back at how you've had a 3pm coffee most days for the last 3 months, you don't have to write off the year. Just commit to the next 24 hours. Nothing is impossible for 24 hours, and before you know it, those days will have blended together to create a week, then a month and so on.
Good luck keeping your goals! Pobody is nerfect, all we can do is our best! From us here at PQ Collection, we wish you and your family a safe and Happy New Year xx