At the start of a new year, we’re excited to get to work on our New Year’s resolutions. We feel rested, clear-minded and motivated to put in 100% effort to reach the goals we set out for ourselves.
It’s all sunshine and rainbows until reality kicks in, and we get back to work. Suddenly, it’s much harder to be dedicated to your goals with life happening at the same time.
Studies have shown that most New Year’s Resolutions fly out the window by February. No-one said it would be easy, right? But just because it is difficult doesn’t mean you should give up. Don’t let a few bumps in the road keep you from changing your life.
If you feel stuck in a rut and demotivated, here are a few ways to recommit to your resolutions:
Don’t be too hard on yourself
That’s probably not what you want to hear. But, remember that any change to your routine will be disruptive, and it will take extra effort to make it a habit. It takes at least 21 days for something to become a habit – longer for bigger tasks. It is only natural that you feel exhausted and somewhat demotivated on some days. Don’t be too hard on yourself – it will only do more damage. Instead, accept it for what it is – a bad day, and retry tomorrow.
Break it down
We tend to take on too much in a moment of inspiration, and then we overcommit. Break your resolutions down into smaller goals and then assess whether you’ve taken on too much at once. If you have, prioritise and decide which goals are most important. Focus on making those tasks habits first, before attempting any others – this will avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Take small steps
As mentioned above, taking on too much will only leave you feeling overwhelmed – take it step by step, goal by goal. There’s no rush – slow and steady wins the race.
Go back to the reasons behind why you have set these goals for yourself and get re-motivated. It could help to create vision boards for yourself that you look at every single day – this will remind you of your reasons and will motivate you to stay on track and work hard.
Announcing your goals to friends or family will keep you accountable, which means you are more likely to stick to your resolutions. You will find that support from friends and family can give you that extra boost you might need. However, announcing your goals can also add unnecessary pressure, so keep that in mind if you decide to do so.
Reflect on how far you’ve come
We tend to get stuck in what lays ahead instead of what’s already past. When you feel demotivated, it might help to look back at what you have already accomplished -this will motivate you to keep on working hard.
Don’t set your expectations too high and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Remember, all change takes time. You often don’t see the progress you make every day, but as long as you keep on working hard, change will come, and it will get easier.
What are your challenges when it comes to sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions, and how do you deal with them? Let us know on social media.
Author: Mariska du Plessis
Mariska is the editor of Fitness Magazine, Bootcamp Instructor, Writer, Photographer and Wellness Blogger.
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