I am sorry it has taken us so long to write a new post on the blog. It has been a busy start to the year.
I want to use this post to check in and see how everyone is going with those New Years Resolutions we all set last month?… Are you still sticking to them?
Fact – 50% of Australians made a New Year’s resolution this year and the majority of those were associated with health and wellbeing.
Fact- 50% of those will have fizzled by June and only 10% of resolutions will make it to the end of the year.
Fact – Australians are making the same resolutions year in, year out.
Don’t make the same mistake twice! This year, instead of launching straight into the same old promises, spend some time reflecting on where you’ve been and where you want to go. The most powerful process and the key to success is realising that motivation for change comes from within.
So what can we do to ensure your New Year’s resolutions don’t fizzle away?
1. It is unrealistic to expect to make all your significant changes at once. New Year’s Day is not the only time you can make resolutions. While the New Year, can signify a new you and hence an appropriate time for change, you can make positive changes all year round.
2. Identify resolutions that you make year in, year out and work out why they keep coming up. Some are recurring because they’re unachievable for a variety of reasons, and others are recurring in a positive way, like mindful mantras: yearly reminders to be more tolerant, kind, charitable etc. Ask yourself what’s preventing you from success – it may even be time to give yourself a break and choose something else to focus on.
3. Take a good hard look at yourself. Assess what makes you happy, what frustrates you and what fulfills you. Instead of picking the same old resolutions you never keep, identify an area that will bring significant happiness and satisfaction to yourself, your loved ones and society as a whole. Think long term and make sure it’s something you value and will see through. This may reduce your number of resolutions but will increase your chance of success.
4. Remember that you are great just the way you are. Most of the time we fixate on our flaws and forget the success we’ve had in the months gone by. Stop fighting against the resistance of your own limitations and be content with who you are right now and grateful for what you have.
5. Do not make all required changes at once. Change should be a gradual process. A resolution is unlikely to be permanent if you implement it in its totality at once. You are unlikely to succeed if you decide to give up junk food forever. Rather, slowly wean yourself off dessert by eating less each week.
Good luck with your resolutions and please let us know if there is anything we can help you with.