So, 2 weeks in how are you doing with your NYR? Yes, it has only been two weeks and just because it was a Sunday, it still counts!
I’m not even sure that resolutions are still the done thing. I’ve always been put off by the negative press that they get, especially the high failure rate. Why would you put yourself through it?
The good news is that it doesn’t matter. You can start a new year everyday, after all January 1st is only an arbitrary date and new years vary across the world depending on country, religion and culture.
Whenever you start, though, be prepared that it’s not easy to change a habit – you won’t always stick to it and it will be really easy to revert to the standard behaviour. So how can you make it stick
1. Get to the nub of the reason why? E.g. Get fit to run 5k/walk once round the park/ get to the 2nd floor without needing oxygen. This will help in motivating you to stick at it. Write it down so you don’t forget and in those moments when you don’t want to do the new thing, think to what you’ll gain from doing it.
2. Record progress. We always forget the good things we’ve achieved. I’m a big fan of the sticker chart – give yourself a sticker everytime you take a lunch break and you’ll soon be able to see the changes becoming the norm
3. Tell other people what you plan to do. This means they can check up on you and encourage. If necessary, make a bet or offer to donate to charity if you don’t keep up the new habit.
4. Don’t give up. Well that’s obvious, but what I mean is that if you miss a gym session or take the lift, don’t write off all the previous effort. Just start again tomorrow, count the stickers to remind yourself how you’re doing and get back to it. It will be hard and you will forget, but that’s all part of it, recognise this and accept it.
And that’s it, whether it’s health, wellbeing, career or financial goals – follow the same principles. Work out what you want, how to do it and stick with it. Persistence pays, so be patient.