Published on January 3rd, 2014 | by admin

My New Year Resolution Is………

The start of a new year is always the perfect time to reflect on what we’ve achieved and set goals for the next 12 months.

However, more often than not we tend to set targets that are impossible to reach with aims which are unrealistic to meet. So in many instances we fail to fulfill New Year resolutions because of a lack of willpower and discipline combined with a lack of time due to work and family commitments.

A sensible approach therefore to enable us to actually stick to resolutions this year is make any goals personal, positive and present. Think SMART goals – specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely.

Will this year be different? Perhaps jotting down resolutions on notepads or post-it notes will help? Termed ‘Fail Friday’, apparently Friday 24 January is the day when the UK’s collective willpower is most likely to be broken, so beware!

One of the most popular New Year resolutions we set is to eat more healthy food and improve our diet plus reducing alcohol intake for some to stop smoking.

After all the excesses of Christmas starting a new fitness regime is always a popular goal at this time of year too.

Another common goal for the New Year is to make conscious efforts to climb the career ladder.

How about starting a new hobby or pastime? Not only can it be a stimulating experience to take up new interests but can also be an avenue to a wider network of friends and acquaintances. No one can have enough friends right?

Perhaps think about reviewing and manage your finances better too. We’re always told that making just some minor adjustments can lead achieve some significant results. How about creating a weekly or monthly budget and sticking to it using analysis books and pads?

If you have more than one resolution, focus on the one that will give the greatest reward and consider sharing your targets with other people as you may well be more likely to go on to achieve them.

Good luck!

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