New Year, New You: A Guide to Creating the Ultimate New Year’s Resolution
Discover the behaviour change secrets you need to craft the perfect New Year’s resolution and stick to it.
This year I will lose weight, exercise more, spend less money, learn a new language, get organised, start saving, and be an all round better person. Sound familiar?
Yes, it’s that time of year again – when we take stock of our lives and think about the changes we’d like to make next year. But for many of us, our resolutions fall hopelessly flat, with good intentions giving way to old habits when the year has just begun.
Lucky for you we’ve turned to the experts in behavioural change for guidance on how to make the ultimate New Year’s resolution, and stick to it.
Pick One Thing
Rather than making a list of everything you’d like to change, think about the area of your life most in need of improvement and focus on that. Be specific about what it is you want to change and focus your energy on making it happen. Trying to make too many changes at once can be overwhelming, and small slip ups in one area can erode your confidence to follow through on other resolutions.
Clearly Define Goals
Avoid vague promises and make SMART goals: goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound. Perhaps you’ve just taken up running and struggle to make it around the block without running out of breath. A marathon might not be achievable this year, but signing up for the 10km course in your city’s annual marathon might just give you the motivation you need to stick to a regular training schedule. Aim to finish it in a certain time and find an online training program or coach to help you achieve your goal.
Write It Down
Research shows we are more likely to achieve our goals if we write them down. Write your goals down in your journal, or announce them on your social media feed. Block out time in your schedule for achieving your goals. Apps can help – if your goal is to save some cash, for example, you might like to ASIC’s Track my Goals app.
Announce It To Your Friends and Family
By making yourself accountable to your friends and family, you may be more likely to stick to your goals than keeping your resolution to yourself. Whether it is sharing your New Year’s resolution over a glass of bubbles at midnight or posting on social media, choose someone to share your dreams with and help keep you on track.
It is better to do something than nothing at all, so make a start and stick to it. If your fitness goals are derailed by illness or injury, ease yourself back in gently and try not to beat yourself up about the setback. You may not always be able to fit in an hour at the gym each day, but even just 20 minutes of exercise is better than doing nothing at all.
Beat The Clock
Tick off some of your life admin goals – like writing a will and getting your Life Insurance sorted – before the year is through. Call NobleOak on 1300 041 494 if you would like to discuss your Insurance options and receive a free quote, and take Life Insurance off your list of resolutions for the year.