You may already have a New Year’s Resolution in mind for 2016. Whether it’s to lose weight, quit smoking, save more money, or spend more time with your family, this may be something you’ve tried and failed to do in the past. Make 2016 the year it actually happens by creating a plan and sticking to it.
Create a SMART goal
A SMART goal is specific, measureable, attainable, relevant and timely. If your resolution is to lose weight, then exactly how much weight do you want to lose? Can you realistically lose that much in a year? Can you break that down into a monthly weight loss goal? Setting a SMART goal will help you avoid setting yourself up for disappointment or getting off track.
Write it in your diary
If you keep a diary or calendar, you can plan out what needs to be done every month/week/day to achieve your goal. Tick things off as you complete them and you can see how much progress you’ve made, or guilt yourself into staying on track. If you want to get creative, use some cute stickers! There are plenty of free planners on the internet that you can download and print. Here are some to get you started: http://scatteredsquirrel.com/printable/personal-planner/
Challenge a Friend
Bring out your competitive side and challenge a friend to keep both of you motivated. Set a prize for the winner at the end of the year and check up on each other’s progress regularly. If you can get a whole group together that’s even better. Get 10 of your friends/family/coworkers together and each chip in £20 toward the prize and the winner gets £200! The thought of losing money is definitely a big motivator for most of us!
Check Your Progress
You should check your progress toward your goal regularly so that you don’t fall off track, but not too often so as to not get discouraged, especially with weight loss. Once a month should be about right for most goals. If you’re looking to save up money, have a set amount deducted from your pay each month and you won’t even have to think about it. If you set aside just £25 per month, you would have £300 by the end of the year plus a dividend we pay out for keeping your money in our savings account! You can save as little or as much as your budget allows. To learn more click here: http://www.nottinghamcu.co.uk/savings/
Remind yourself why you’re doing it
When times get tough, think about the end goal. You might be saving up for a beach holiday, or for your child’s future. You might be trying to lose weight for your wedding or to get to a healthy BMI. Whatever the cause may be, think about how it’s going to feel when you reach your goal. You might be suffering right now, but pain is temporary. Your muscles might be aching or you might be missing those fancy lattes, but in the end it will be worth it.
Give yourself a little reward for each milestone that you reach. Don’t compromise your goal of course, but treating yourself once in a while will keep you motivated. When you reach your end of year goal, you can go all out and celebrate!