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New Year, New Goals- How to make New Year Resolutions and stick to them!

Posted by Danny Williams  | 15 Jan 2019

It’s that time of year where you start reflecting on the year that’s passed & start planning for the new. We’re almost approaching mid-January & how many of you have stuck to your 2019 New Year Resolutions? 

My name is Melanie and I am an osteopath at South Yarra Osteopathy. 

Making goals can be easy & exciting, sticking to them on the other hand, can be far more challenging. 

Here are some hot-tips to make 2019 the year that you complete your goals! 

Learn from the past

Reviewing last year’s resolutions can provide valuable information on how to do things differently and provide insight into why things didn’t work out as planned. 

Want to go to the gym at 5am but haven’t woken up before 7am in years? Perhaps it’s time to accept that mornings might not be your thing. You might also find that you are more productive at night. Utilise your time, strength & weaknesses to maximise the best, YOU! 

Try utilising the SMART technique

SPECIFIC- Make sure it is well defined, clear and easy to understand

MEASURABLE- Ensure the goal is meaningful and therefore obtainable. Have steps in process for a completion date. 

ACHIEVABLE- In order for you to complete it, make sure it’s action-oriented and acceptable. 

REALISTIC-  Is the goal relevant & reasonable? Do you have access to all resources, knowledge and time? 

TIME-BASED- Don’t fetch too high! Make sure you have enough time to complete it, but also don’t unnecessarily prolong it. Procrastination affects performance. 

Understand yourself

Understand your strengths & weaknesses and set your own priorities. Make smarter choices and you will be rewarded with long term success. 

Accountability is Key 

Track your progress. It’s easy to make goals and put the piece of paper in your side-table and then completely forget about it until someone starts talking to you about your New Year Resolutions at next year’s NYE. Write them down, make a vision board, display them, talk to people about them, get your friends or family involved. Apart from aiding as a friendly reminder and making it more enjoyable, it also makes you far more accountable for your own success. 

Resolution or Habit?

It can be very easy to adapt an “all or nothing” mindset (something that has become too common among diets). It’s important to not give up, so try turning these into everyday habits. Habits are actions that occur regularly with little thought or determination. They can be harmful, such as negative self-talk or fostering such as brushing your teeth. It’s all about adding it into your lifestyle, to ultimately make it effortless. 

I would love to hear what your New Year Resolutions are & what steps you’ve taken to stick to them? 



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