I know it, you know it.
Remember January last year? Those resolutions we were so motivated to achieve? None of them made it past June, right?
The truth is, only 8% of people manage to stick to and achieve their new year’s resolutions.
I know you’re now probably thinking this, but they’re definitely not extraordinary individuals with admission letters to Hogwarts. They tend to be ordinary people who are realistic in their goals and vision!
More often than not, they’d probably recommend the following tips too! So here are our Super Sisters tips to help you stick to your new year’s resolutions beyond the end of this month.
- Be specific on what you want to achieve:
This might seem pretty obvious – but the key to being able to achieve your goals is to really understand them! If it’s to be in better shape, think about what that means. Does that mean you want to lose excess weight, gain muscles or go down or up a dress size? Be specific on what it is you want, and you’ll find that the path to getting there will become a lot clearer.
2. Measure your progress!
To do this, you’ve got to give yourself a timeframe and a task to complete that will bring you one step closer to reaching that goal. Let’s be honest, we’ve all given ourselves a 2 hour break for 20 minutes of work. If you give yourself realistic tasks to complete within a given time frame, it will be easier to measure your progress and reward yourself. If you find yourself struggling to meet the target within the time you set yourself, tweak it to make it more realistic to your schedule!
- A little over a long time is better than nothing at all.
Consistency and resilience are the two most important things when trying to achieve any goal. Think about super strict diet plans that fail. One slip up is enough to bring people right back to their old habits. Acknowledge that there will be times that you may slip up over the course of the year, and know that being consistent will eventually bring progress. As Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Take up good deeds only as much as you are able, for the best deeds are those done regularly even if they are few.”
- Get friends and family involved!
Having that support system to always go back to is one way of helping you achieve your goals this year. Not only can friends and family offer loads of advice to give you that extra boost of support on low motivation days, they’ll also check in with you regularly to make sure you’re on track with your tasks! Let’s admit it, it’s easier to go off track alone than it is admitting it to others. Working together could not only be really helpful, but really fun with others supporting you and joining in!
- Patience, patience:
Depending on your goal, you’ll experience all sorts of highs and lows and obstacles in your way. Before you set off with your goals this year, make sure you understand this and train yourself to be resilient when this happens. Progress may be slow, but when you measure your progress and look back over the year, all of the small tasks will add up to you achieving the goal you set out to achieve. Try your best not to compare yourself to others and remember that your progress will come down to you and how much time and effort you are willing to dedicate to your goals!
What are your top resolutions for 2017? Have these tips helped you plan your journey to achieving them?