It’s not called the silly season for nothing.
Too much of a good thing can take its toll on our bodies and overall well-being.
For a lot of us, there’s too much food, too much alcohol, too much celebration.
Then there’s the added pressure that Christmas brings in the form of family get-togethers (which can present their own challenges) and making sure that you have gifts for everybody.
There’s too many people on the road and there’s no parking at the shops and people’s nerves are frayed.
All of that equals stress, stress and more stress on your body.
Even if you think you are coping ok, your body probably isn’t.
That’s where New Years’ resolutions come in.
We want to stop smoking, lose weight, start a new hobby, find a new job, commit to saving more money etc.
Unfortunately many of those resolutions are forgotten about 3 weeks into the New Year because we find them too hard.
While the New Year brings hope for a new beginning, this is a great time to really evaluate what you want.
We must then truly make a commitment to making our wants and desires a reality.
Make 2017 the year when you will make the commitment to yourself and stick to your resolutions.
Here’s seven tips to successful New Year’s resolutions:
Keep your expectations realistic.
If you want to lose weight, don’t expect to lose 10kg in 2 weeks. Get yourself an eating and exercise plan that will work for you for the long haul. We all know that short term fixes don’t work.
Make a list of the things that you want to achieve, e.g. a new job by beginning of April; take up a new hobby/interest by February; buy a new car by May etc.
Put effective plans into place to get results.
If you want an overseas holiday, then you probably need to save $xxx per week to make that happen. A new job requires research and patience to find the job that you really want. Do the due diligence and you will be successful.
Persistence, persistence and persistence.
Most things don’t come instantaneously, so don’t give up if you’re not successful right away.
Don’t be afraid of change.
Fear can be one of the biggest obstacles to us moving forward and when the universe hears your inner conflict, you can find yourself stuck.
Ask yourself, “Is this what I really want?
Sometimes people think they want something but when it comes down to it, they don’t. Stopping smoking is a perfect example. Do you really want to stop or are you trying to stop because your wife/husband/partner wants you to stop?
Once you have it clear, then visualise it happening.
Visualization is a powerful technique for creating your reality. If you want to move house, then see yourself packing boxes and actually making the move. See yourself in your new house as you place your items where you want them.
The same applies to anything that you are trying to create.
There you have it. The 7 tips to get you on the road to success.
Making your New Year’s resolutions happen is all about taking action steps.
If you are serious about your resolutions, then there’s no reason why they can’t be within your reach.