It’s that time again. Around the world, fireworks have lit up the sky to signify the start of a new year (and decade!). And with a new year comes a resolution on what you want to achieve for the year.
The thing is though, people really commit to their resolutions and few of them see past January. But this year is different.
This year, you’re going to achieve your goal. And we’re going to help you not just achieve it, but smash it out of the park, with these 5 hacks for making your New Year’s resolution stick.
1. SHARE IT
One of the best ways to stick to your NYE goals is being held accountable by friends and family. When you tell people about what you’re trying to achieve, you increase your chances of achieving it by up to 60%.
If you want to up the ante, organize with a mate or family member to do a weekly checkup covering your progress!
2. BET ON IT
Now, we’re not promoting gambling here, but when if you’ve got a bet on something then chances are you’ll try harder to make it happen. The thing is though, it has to be something tangible that will actually motivate you (money, an event, a consequence, etc.)
Make the bet with someone close to you like your partner, a family member, or a friend, and make sure it’s something you’d work for. Your chances of reaching your goals will skyrocket!
3. MEASURE IT
What gets measured get’s done, it’s another form of accountability.
People who keep food journals are more likely to be successful in weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight.
This is based on the findings of a 2008 US study that included nearly 1700 overweight or obese adults aged over 25. For six months, participants kept food diaries and were encouraged to eat healthily and exercise. Interestingly, the results found that people who kept food diaries 6 days a week, logging everything they ate and drank, lost twice as much weight as those who kept food journals for one day or less per week.
It’s not hard, you can use an app on your phone! They are easy to use and there are heaps out there that are very accurate. Look at MyFitnessPal as an example, it’s free and simple.
4. CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS WISELY
You are a reflection of your 5 closest friends. This is based on the 5 monkey theory, which suggests that people will often mirror the behavior of their 5 closest companions.
Essentially, we become a product of our environment. If you hang out with people who have an unhealthy lifestyle then you will probably follow suit without even knowing it. Our tip is to find people with common goals or ideals like yourself and spend more time there.
5. SMART GOALS & SMALL WINS
Little things done consistently lead to big changes.
Sure, you could have a 2020 goal to lose 20kg and get fitter. At first, that 20 looks pretty intimidating, right?
Well, break it down to 3-month intervals. Now your first goal is to lose 5kg by April. Now you’ve got 4 goals, and 4 achievements to smash. Suddenly that number looks pretty damn easy!
Ask yourself if your goal is a SMART goal. Is it:
You don’t just have to have one smart goal either, the more you have the better. These Smart goals will turn into small wins, and when done consistently will lead to the big changes you want to see.