7 ways to re-think your New Year’s resolutions
We're only one week in and those positive intentions for 2022 are already looking a liiiittle shaky, but panic not, it's time to rip up the rule book on resolutions, with this advice from Edge NLP - who's with us?
Whether you’ve vowed to get back to the gym or commited to climbing a mountain, New Year’s resolutions are a great way to set exciting new goals, but the real challange, as we all know, is actually sticking to them.
If you’ve already fallen off the wagon (or haven’t even got on it yet… ahem, guilty!), give yourself a break. There is another way… Pip and Jools, founders of Edge NLP, just over the border in Bucks, are experts in something called Neuro-Linguistic Programming – a process which helps to train your brain so you can better understand your thoughts and feelings, allowing you to reach your full potential in life.
Pip and Jools have shared their tips on how to manage those hard-to-keep New Year’s resolutions well as ways to support traditional goal-setting, which can help give that all important Positive Mental Attitude a stratospheric boost. Fancy giving it a go? Read on…
Keep it real
Joining the gym and wanting to get fit is a great New Year’s resolution BUT what can happen is we add unrealistic timeframes: ‘I will go to the gym four times a week’, so when this doesn’t happen (because let’s face it, things do get in the way), we tell ourselves we’ve failed and usually give up completely. Make your resolutions realistic and achievable – small steps rather than giant leaps.
Don’t rush in
We put so much pressure on ourselves to start actioning those New Year’s resolutions straight away, but in the first week of January you deserve a breather after such a busy and indulgent time. Work towards starting in the second week of January instead, which will give yourself the time you need to prepare both physically and mentally.
Break it down
Breaking your New Year’s resolutions down into manageable chunks will help them to become more achieveable. If it’s too big, you are setting yourself up for disappointment, and are more likely to quit early. Again, keep it realistic and give yourself mini rewards at each stage to help with motivation.
Find your support network
Think about the ecology around your New Year’s Resolution – who does it impact? How can you make it fit around your commitments to your children and/or partner, for example, and who’s support might you need to help you to achieve it? Make sure your family and friends are behind you, with that much needed encouragement. Perhaps you could take it on together and spur each other on.
Fire up your resolutions with these positivity inducing tips…
Use your mornings
Set yourself up well for the day with a morning routine, where you give yourself time to ‘BE’. We both buy into the book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, which is about developing transformative habits before 8am. Start with 30 days and you’ll soon notice the differences.
Pick one day a month, throw caution to the wind and just say ‘yes’ to everything (within reason, of course!) Notice how it feels and what you gain – perhaps opportunities to try new experiences, reduced stress levels and a feeling of upliftment.
Each night write down the things that you are grateful for from your day in a gratitude journal. Again 30 days is a great (and achieveable) starting point.. you will be amazed at how it impacts your thinking and your energy levels.
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