07 Jan
New Year! New "WHO?"

If your like me, New Years Resolutions are those things that you make on the night and forget about the next day.  So what is it about resolutions that makes it so difficult to keep the promise? And how can we make it easier to succeed?

Firstly, any promises or agreements made when emotions are high (or when the alcohol has flowed a bit too freely) tend to be looked at very differently in the cold light of the next day.  This is because we are looking at things in a little more of a logical light, and those decisions and choices made on the "spur-of-the-moment" when everything was a bit excited and frantic (and maybe a little blurry) may seem a bit over the top. Remember also that if your in a group situation, that your decision may be a peer pressured decision, rather than something you really wanted.

To make things a little easier there are some things that you can do, so that the resolutions you make for the New Year, are something that you can easily live up to.

  1. Set smaller goals - Make sure that if you set a big goal, that you break it down into smaller more achievable goals.  Remember that "a journey of 1000 miles begins with 1 step", so make your New Years Resolution your first step on the journey towards reaching a big goal.  
  2. Make it Fun - There is nothing worse that making a promise to do something that you hate. So instead of promising to go to the gym every day, promise to have a sexy slim body in 3 months time. Reframe your resolution to make it fun (you'll be surprised how important the wording is...)
  3. Reward yourself - Make sure there is light at the end of the tunnel. Give yourself little pats on the back as you reach smaller milestones, and make sure that you treat yourself really well at the end. It gives you more of an incentive to keep going.
  4. Tell everyone and ask for help - Make sure that your family and friends are aware of your resolutions. This way they don't accidentally offer you that piece of cake when your trying to drop a couple of kilos. Or they can keep an eye on what your doing (or not doing) and maybe remind you that the gym didn't catch on fire today.

Finally if your goals and resolutions are really important to you, speak to a Life & Success Coach. They are trained in getting you from where you are to where you want to be. Goals, outcomes and resolutions is something that Coaches do very well, and they can help you achieve things, that in the past you have been struggling with.

Not only that, but they can also find the beliefs and decisions in your life that may be limiting you or not serving you any more and help you to overcome them, clearing the way for success.

So, it is my hope for you that your New Years resolutions are exactly what you want and need to take your life to the next level.

Wayne Page is a Certified Life & Success Coach, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner.

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