1) Cast Your Mind Back
It’s worth remembering why you started your resolution in the first place, so take some time to recall what the impetus was that made you choose your resolution and become determined to start it. This was back in the beginning when you were at your most determined to succeed. Tapping into these initial feelings is a good way to relight your resolution’s fire and bring back the motivation you had on day one.
2) Have A Goal
If you stand in the middle of a field without any specific destination, how many directions can you take? The answer is, too many! So it’s understandable that most resolutions without a goal end up failing. Having a target helps you focus your mind and efforts on where you want to be.
3) Write A Plan
Depending on how complex your resolution is, having a plan can be a useful tool to break down the journey into manageable milestones. It will also add more clarity to what you’d ultimately like to achieve.
4) Think Into The Future
One extremely useful technique, which is rarely used, is visualisation about what life will be like once you’ve achieved your goal. If, for example, you’re wanting to stop smoking, or lose weight, imagine what life will be like for you in 3 months time. Transport yourself to that moment in the future and consider all the positive benefits. How do you feel? What has achieving your goal allowed you to do? What is the impact on you and for those around you? What does the future have in store for you now you’ve succeeded with your resolution? Imagining how good the future will be once your resolution has become a reality can be a very positive motivator.
In conclusion, whatever your resolution was, is, or will be in the future, have fun with it. The more enjoyable you can make it the greater its chance of success. Good luck!
David Bowie, owner of Healthy Fit Life, is a mobile personal trainer and sports massage therapist working in the Farnham and Camberley area.