Stop Smoking? Eat healthily? Start exercising? Better work-life balance?
All these sound so good (and probably familiar), and most of the time it’s based on what you think you should be doing, rather than what you want to be doing. More often than not, New Year’s resolutions are based on other people’s opinions, expectations and articles you have read.
And while it would be amazing to achieve all of these things, it’s notoriously difficult to keep New Year’s resolutions. And what is it that makes you break your resolutions? It varies for us all, but one of the best things to do is get to the source of why you couldn’t stick to it. Tiredness, busy schedule at work, children – all these are very valid reasons as to why we don’t want to/can’t commit our energy to follow through.
Whether you realise it or not, you make decisions based on staying true to yourself and this integrity helps to keep you committed. This means doing what you said you will do and by when you said you will do it. Most of the time we will keep our word to other people as we don’t want to disappoint them, but we struggle to keep our word to ourselves when in fact this should be our first priority!
However, there are some small things that can really help keep you on the right track!
Relationships are an important factor that influences the follow through with New Year’s resolutions. Involving friends and family in helping you achieve a goal can keep you accountable. The added support to make you keep your word can also motivate you not to give in. When you declare your goal to a friend or family member, you automatically feel accountable to someone else which can be a major motivator. It’s also nice to have them there to celebrate your wins along the way.
Having a structure of some sort – visual display, a tracking form or any other way you can measure your success will help keep you more committed as you can see how much you’ve achieved since you started. As they say, only look back to see how far you have come!
Be the best example for everyone around you. Your commitment to your goal will touch and inspire people to do better themselves. Use this to motivate yourself to do better and stay on track – the power of positivity can be mighty!
And really, when you think about it, why would you wait all year to make a choice about something anyway? Why wait for one particular day to make a decision to better yourself, when there are 364 other equally great decision-making days available to you? Start today!
If you want to take the right step to a better workspace, why not book a tour of one of our Areaworks spaces and see what amazing things we have for you. Why wait until the New Year to make your work life better?