It’s that time of year again – the time we make a list of resolutions. Statistically speaking most of us didn’t get terribly far with the new year’s resolutions we made last year, with 66% of people throwing in the towel before March. So how do we make resolutions that will actually stick ?
According to the BBC, research indicates that we aremore likely to be successful at achieving our resolutions if they are aimed atrecovering something (a skill, activity or level of fitness for example)that we used to have, rather than looking to add something new to ourrepertoire. This may be because we canclearly visualise the goal – as they say – if you can’t picture it, it’sprobably never going to happen.
Make sure your goal is realistic but still requires you to stretch to reach it. Motivation is a tricky thing – if you make your goal unrealistic it will be easy to get discouraged and give up, and conversely if it’s too easy you’re likely to get bored because there’s no challenge and, you guessed it, give up. By choosing a goal that is achievable yet difficult you keep yourself in the optimum zone for maintaining interest.
Tell everyone you know what your goal is. This will help you to stay accountable because other people know what you’re working towards. It’s also an excellent way to enlist support or someone to work towards the goal with you.
Make sure your goal is something that’s really important to you. Your motivation levels will fluctuate, so having a goal that is important and relevant to you will help you muster up the enthusiasm to eat another salad when you really want hot chips or to pull on your trainers when it’s cold and dark outside. Really think about how achieving your goal will improve your life.
If you feel like you’re self-sabotaging or struggling to achieve your goals, you might consider a few sessions of hypnotherapy to help you get yourself focused and on track. Hypnotherapy has been clinically researched and is effective for a wide range of lifestyle and habit changes from quitting smoking to weight loss and boosting self-esteem.
Thereason why hypnotherapy works so rapidly with bad habits and behaviours isbecause it works directly with your subconscious, bypassing the critical mindand getting to the root of the issue so that changes can be made that supportyour goals quickly and efficiently.
Have a look in our hypnotherapy directory to find ahypnotherapist near you and take a step towards achieving this year’sresolutions today!