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6 Ways to Turn Your Resolutions into Results

When January rolls around every year, making a long list of resolutions becomes as inevitable as our annual first-day hangover.

Once we’ve recovered, the new year breathes vigour into our lives that was previously unfathomable back in December. The past two years have been rough on all of us, but I can confidently say 2022 will be our year. It has to be our year. As we take in our heightened levels of hope, it’s time to recalibrate our lives and start prioritising the things that can help us live a more fulfilling year packed with purpose.  

If you’ve been faced with an onslaught of dreary statistics that trace just how few of us manage to stick to our resolutions, you’re not alone. It can be disheartening and discourage you from starting them in the first place. But 2022 is not the year for negativity. Here’s a list of top tips that will keep you motivated throughout the year, ensuring that you reach your goals and take the best version of yourself into 2023.  

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Think About Why You’re Making the Change

It’s all well and good proclaiming that you’re going to master the entire French language after watching one episode of Emily in Paris, but that’s going to become difficult to stick to if you don’t have a good reason for doing it. Evaluate the areas of your life that need improvement and subsequently implement habits that are of practical use or provide nourishment to your life. This way, you are way more likely to reap the rewards. Be specific, know your values, and map out realistic ways to achieve your goal. But, most importantly, think about how this will benefit you in the long run.  

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Take Smaller Steps

A year is a very long time. This bodes well for resolutions because we have plenty of time to work on them. But it can also mean that we completely lose motivation somewhere along the way. If you’re doubting your commitment can last an entire year, try implementing a resolution within a month instead. You could even make it match a monthly theme, like going vegan in January or staying sober in October. Some goals just weren’t made for the winter, so delay your running targets until the sun starts rising at a reasonable hour. Staggered short-term goals will guarantee longevity for your productivity levels and help you to make long-lasting changes.  
 

3.

Ease Yourself In

It’s all well and good proclaiming that you’re going to master the entire French language after watching one episode of Emily in Paris, but that’s going to become difficult to stick to if you don’t have a good reason for doing it. Evaluate the areas of your life that need improvement and subsequently implement habits that are of practical use or provide nourishment to your life. This way, you are way more likely to reap the rewards. Be specific, know your values, and map out realistic ways to achieve your goal. But, most importantly, think about how this will benefit you in the long run.  

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Quantify Your Resolutions

Popular resolutions, such as going to the gym more and saving more money, are great but aren’t measurable. This makes it harder to analyse any progress you’re making, meaning you’re less likely to keep up with them. Change them up to include quantifiable numbers, such as going to the gym three times a week and saving £1000. This way, you can consistently check whether or not you’re on track and how you can get back on track if you’re not. Don’t make your starting goals too outrageous to ensure they’re more attainable.  

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Adjust for Change

Following on from the previous tip, don’t be afraid to adjust your goals if you were way too ambitious at the beginning of the year. It’s ok to realise that your original target wasn’t realistic, but there’s no need to let it derail you for the rest of the year. Life is busy. Unexpected things are bound to crop up that you couldn’t have anticipated. Adjust your goals accordingly when this does happen so you can still fit your resolution in with your lifestyle. Conversely, if you find yourself smashing your goals early on in the year, keep progressing! Make that 10k a half marathon, and who knows, you might find yourself signing up for a marathon in 2023.  

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Document Your Progress

Pictures, lists, or journaling. Whatever your method, log any progress you’ve made down on paper. Physically ticking something off makes it feel tangible, and you’ll end the year with a nice little map of your journey. There’s no greater motivation than seeing how far you’ve come. You could even take a bold leap and post it on social media to hold yourself accountable on a more public scale and hopefully receive words of encouragement from your friends and family. You might even inspire someone else to make a positive change.   

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