Are you into New Year resolutions? If so, good luck! At this time of year, I find it difficult enough to do much more than try to keep warm, stay vaguely focused on the job in hand and hopefully plan a holiday to warmer climes … But actually, I also believe that ANY day is good one to make a change, do something different, be it big or small.
Graham Norton recently wrote, “You don’t need January 1st to change your habits or turn your life around; any Wednesday or Friday will do. It’s all too easy to wallow and dwell, rather than draw a ‘that-was-then-and-this-is-now’ line and move forward.” Exactly …
So – this is NOW and if you are going to make some changes, here are my TOP 5 Tips for success in 2011, in no particular order:
- Do something you will ENJOY. If you want to get fit or lose weight, find a form of exercise or activity you want to do. Don’t join a gym if you know you hate them. If you like company find a club that has other like-minded people. Check out the paper for unusual classes, night school classes, be brave and take a risk. Make it FUN!!
- Focus on the POSITIVE benefits, rather than the negatives. If you want to cut down on drinking, smoking, eating etc list all the advantages of doing it, and keep reminding yourself of this.
- Be REALISTIC – you know what you are capable of, what might stop you achieving your goals and how likely you are to carry on. Take this into account from the start and choose realistic outcomes that you can succeed at over time.
- Get SUPPORT and PLAN what you’re going to do. Research has proved that telling others what you are aiming for and asking for help greatly increases your chances of success in personal and work life. Writing down your resolutions, goals, aims is another way of doing this and planning your day, week, month, year helps to keep on track. Coaching has been proved to help make changes stick so find a professional coach who will support your resolutions in YOUR way.
- Go EASY on yourself. Life has a way of throwing things at us when we least expect it and this can affect how able we are to manage change. Take each day as it comes and if something stops you from achieving success, don’t be downhearted; just deal with what needs to be done and get back on track as soon as you can. And remember – if you have chosen to give up, it is YOUR choice. Acknowledge that and move on …
“Change can be a growth-full and positive experience. It depends what you do with it. And, as change is a more likely fact of life in the 21st century, you better get used to it.” Sharon Eden
Do SHARE your New Year resolutions, plans, ideas and dreams and ask for any support you need. Hope the coming year brings you everything you could wish for – and it lasts!