New Year Resolutions don’t work!
As a personal trainer, the New Year is a great time for us, everyone comes back from holiday carrying a few extra kgs and a bucket full of motivation – that this year they are going to achieve their wildest health and fitness dreams. Yet statistic say that 92% of New Years resolutions fail.
Timothy Pychyl, a professor of psychology at Carleton University in Canada, says that resolutions are a form of “cultural procrastination,” an effort to reinvent oneself.
I believe you have to have the right mind set to achieve any goal. This means you have to change your habits, things that you may have been doing your whole life. If this is the case that means you have to rewire you way of thinking.
Matts’ top 6 tips on how to achieve your New Year Resolution (or any goal).
- Focus on 1 resolution at a time and 1-3 lifestyle changes to achieve that resolution. If you try to change too much you are more likely to struggle and quit.
- Get a support network. Someone that will keep you accountable and keep you on track. Depending on your goal you will also need your friends and family on board. For example if you goal is weight loss and one of your changes is diet, then you will need your family at home supporting you, not tempting you, or making you feel guilty for indulging with the family. Make sure those people around you, know how important your goals are to you.
- Take small steps, set targets and dates – have some form of reward when you hit your milestones.
- Focus your thinking on new behaviours and thought patterns. You have to create new neural pathways in your brain to change habits.
- Live in the present, don’t worry about what you have done in the past (can’t change that now), also don’t stress about the future. Control what you can. Planning and organisation will go along way to ensure your success.
- Be positive and optimistic. I believe this is the most important factor in achieving your resolution or goal. If you don’t believe in yourself then there is no point even starting. The head is the most powerful aspect in achieving any long term goals.
“So go out there and get what you deserve. In life when you slip over, you stand back up- it’s the same with goals, if you slip up, don’t sit on the ground and cry, get back up, dust yourself off and get back on track. And NEVER EVER say, I will start tomorrow, or start on Monday, that’s a cope out. Start now. This second.”