“When plans are laid in advance, it is surprising how often the circumstances fit in with them.”
Sir William Osler, 1849-1919, Physician

Believe it or not it is that time of year where we start to think about our resolutions for the New Year. Some may wish to spend more time with the kids, start a vegetable garden, donate more to charity or some may have overindulged over the Christmas period and feel the need for a health kick.

Instead of making wild promises to yourself, why not sit down & create some small goals for yourself this year.

According to recent research from the University of Sydney, fifty percent of people set a New Year’s resolution and of these, eighty-eight per cent do not keep their resolutions. If you would like to join those successful twelve per cent, it may help to follow these tips for goal setting:

  • Make your resolutions as specific as possible e.g. I will drink more water vs I will drink at least eight glasses a day
  • Try to create measurable resolutions so that you can track your progress
  • Ensure that your resolutions are realistic. Unrealistic goals can be demotivating
  • Make a time frame for your goals. You might like to create both short and long term goals e.g. “I will be able to run 3km by June and 5km by December”
  • Set aside some quiet time to think about your resolutions
  • State your resolution in positive language e.g. “I will eat healthy snacks” rather than “I will not snack on chocolate”
  • Write your resolution down
  • It can be helpful to keep a reminder nearby, for example on your fridge or in your car
  • If you feel comfortable sharing, it may help to share with those close to you so they can support your choices
  • It may help to find someone you admire to act as a role model
  • Remember that the probability of a lapse in behaviour is high, but that a temporary lapse is OK. The key is to recognise a lapse and to identify the reasons why it may have occurred so that it can be prevented in the future.

So now may be a good time to spend some quiet time away from the relatives and see what you would like to change next year.

Good luck!