Christmas may be over, but the fun of New Year is just beginning. In only a few days time we can say goodbye to 2014 and welcome in 2015 with a bang. But it isn't just the party on NYE you should be thinking about, now is the perfect time to choose what your New Year resolution might be.
Of course, it isn't just about choosing your resolution; you also have to stick to it. This is where many of us fall down, but there are ways you can keep going with your resolutions and achieve your goals.
Here are some handy tips on achieving what you set out to do in the new year.
Keep them achievable
It's all well and good trying to think big with your resolutions in an attempt to make large changes, but setting unrealistic goals will most likely mean your break them.
Rather than going big, think about what you can realistically achieve within a set timeframe. This can be three months, six months or the whole year. Not only will this mean it is easier to stick with your plans, you also have a greater chance of achieving what you set out to do.
If you manage to reach your goal, you can always set another part way through 2015. Not only will this further improve things for you, but you'll get a real sense of achievement when 2016 rolls around.
Nobody can go it alone, no matter what your resolution. Having a support system in place can really make all the difference. Telling a couple of people who you know will keep you going and celebrate with you can really help drive you to achieve your resolutions.
However, you don't want to tell absolutely everyone what your resolution is, as this can put a lot of pressure on you, which can make you feel like you're not achieving what you want. Instead, just tell a select few who can drive you onwards.
Once you achieve your resolution, you can shout it from the rooftops!
Don't be too serious
While you may really really want to stick with your resolutions, if they aren't fun or if you push yourself too hard, you're more likely to break them. You should make your journey a fun one so the steps you take to achieve your resolutions are enjoyable.
You should also allow yourself a stumble or two along the way without getting disheartened. After all, changes can be difficult and we all fall back on old habits now and then.
The important thing to remember is that this isn't the end of the world and it is much easier to get back on track after a small step backwards than it is to have to start from the beginning. This means you should just pick yourself up and keep going.
Celebrate the little victories
While your resolution may be a big one, you shouldn't wait to celebrate until you have totally achieved it. Celebrate the smaller milestones along the way and you'll feel like you are getting somewhere.
Failing to do this can mean that you are too focussed on where you are going rather than where you've been, which can make you feel as though you haven't got anywhere at all. Keep yourself going by marking smaller achievements, such as every five pound weight loss or every cigarette cut down.
This way, you'll see that you are making a difference and so you'll be more likely to stick with your resolutions.