10 Tips for Making New Year's Resolutions Stick

With the New Year and a new decade ahead, there is a lot of pressure on us all to ‘make this year count’. There is no better time to reflect on the year gone by and think of what we’d like to achieve for the year ahead.

Whether you’re an expert at organisation or tend to just go with the flow – planning for changes with a methodical approach is the best way to confidently sustain new behaviours and make those resolutions stick!

These 10 tips form a framework that can be applied to anything you want to achieve:

1 Start small and plan for it

Think about what you want to do. It may seem silly but plan for it, jumping in last minute and winging it will only get you so far. Set yourself small targets that build up over a period of time. 

2 Research

Do your research – know what you’re getting yourself into. Have enough options and ideas at your disposal so you’re not tempted to quit when things get challenging (and they will!).

3. Know your values

Decide on what’s important to you and your family, you can’t tick all the boxes and take on everything.  Just KISS ‘keep it seriously simple’, know your WHY and you’re halfway there.

4. Don’t go at it alone 

Get the family and your friends involved. Make it a fun activity and try voting to make group decisions. The bigger the support network, the easier it will be to stay on track and accountable to others. 

5. Focus on the outcome, not the task itself 

People give up on things because they don’t have a deep emotional connection to the outcome. If you’re doing a no-spend January for example, why will life be better for you? What is the outcome? 

6. Dive in with a detox

There is no better way to get started with a new routine than to jump in with a 7-day detox. It sounds crazy but this approach will highlight the challenges and make you think about what’s practical for your lifestyle. 

7. Set smart goals

Goals that are simple, measurable, achievable, realistic and timebound are easier to manage. Vague new year resolutions never stick – ensure your goals explain what has to be done and by when. 

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8. Remind & reward

Get a points system in place to track progress. Converting those points into something fun is a great incentive so everyone involved can feel rewarded for their contribution. 

9. Recognise the struggles 

If you find things are getting difficult, review the plan! It’s better to adapt it than to give up on it.

10. Be proud

Share your achievements and challenges publicly, it’s a great way to get support and recognition from your peers and help you stay accountable to your goals.  

What are your goals for 2020? Are you looking for more exposure in the media? Are you planning to reduce what you buy and wear more of what you have? Are you starting your own business?

Everything we do comes down to having the confidence to just give it a go. But, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut – that’s why I love combining a positive mindset with a confidence-boosting wardrobe for the best chance of success. Step into your most powerful self, see your clothes as an extension of who you are and what you can achieve.

“Dress for the job you want, not the one you have” was one of the best pieces of advice I ever received. If I can help you on your journey, get in touch.

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