We all have things, about ourselves and our lives, which we’d like to change. Nobody’s perfect, and it’s inherent within our human nature to root out our flaws and fixate on them. So, it’s not surprising that nearly half of us Brits will be making New Year’s resolutions this year to address these perceived failings. It probably also comes as no surprise to hear that only a fraction of us will manage to successfully see them through to the end.
It seems as though making those yearly promises to ourselves has become more of a habit than a genuine signal of intent. We resolve to lose weight, get into shape, stop smoking, cut down on drinking, see more of our friends and family… (you know the script) because it’s an opportunity to take advantage of a fresh start, and because… it’s just what you do!
Within days (or possibly hours!) of making these well-intentioned assurances, however, our resolve weakens and we fall spectacularly off the wagon. Instead of getting the New Year off to a positive start, we then beat our guilt-ridden selves up about our frailties and lack of will power and resolve to do better next year – and so the vicious cycle continues. Sound familiar?
Well, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be like this - there is a way to effect permanent change for the better.
The main reason so many of us fall short in pursuit of our resolutions is because we set ourselves up to fail – after all, the road to ruin is paved with good intentions. Rather than concentrating on the small, we tend to focus on the big, and make grand, sweeping statements such as, ‘I’m going to get fit!’ When it comes to your health and wellbeing goals, you need to keep things clear and specific – this way, you know exactly what you’re aiming for and can devise effective strategies to achieve it.
You should also break your main objective into smaller milestones. Viewing your ultimate goal in these bite-sized chunks will help you to track your progress. What’s more, completing your journey one small step at a time feels far more realistic, achievable, and less overwhelming from the outset, compared to the prospect of struggling towards a single, major goal.
So, if you want to get fit, you could start by resolving to go for a 20-minute walk twice a week and cutting takeaways out of your diet. Incorporating this small change into your routine will establish foundations upon which you can build, in pursuit of your ultimate objective. Why not set some goals and milestones in your journal today?
It’s all about taking things one step at a time. Fulfilling your resolutions should not be a race. Instead, you should view lifestyle changes in the context of long-term self-development - a series of small achievements that add up to a major victory. Reflecting on each little success along the way will provide the encouragement and motivation you need to stay on that wagon.
Another reason why many of us often break our resolutions is because we fail to look at the big picture. You will only be able to bring about change if you genuinely want to change – it’s no good just talking the talk. You therefore need to ensure that every area of your life is primed and ready to rise to the challenge. So, there’s no point resolving to lose weight if you know that you have a poor relationship with food. No matter how hard you try to diet, you’ll ultimately revert to bad habits. Equally, you can’t decide to run a marathon if you have unresolved ailments that are affecting your health.
We’ll help you to look at the big picture and give every area of your life the attention and TLC it requires – your physical and mental wellbeing, fitness and diet. What’s more, you’ll find support and inspiration, chatting with like-minded people on similar journeys.
So, this New Year, why not take us along on your journey to good health and wellbeing? Together, we can make long-lasting changes for a healthier and happier you in 2016.