The first week of January begins with so much optimism and promise. You are going to be so much fitter and healthier, you’ll eat better, save more money and all those other things we promise ourselves each year. But normally by the end of January, those resolutions are a distant memory. You have slipped back into most of your bad habits and are no further towards achieving any resolutions. So instead of setting those goals that inevitably go nowhere, you should ditch them and try something new.

Choose Things That Promote Success

Instead of focusing on a start of year resolution, re-evaluate the way you set your goals. Don’t set yourself up for failure within 30 days. It’s time to ditch the resolutions that don’t work and focus on the aspects that will.

Try these 6 things…

1: Be Specific

It is easier to achieve a goal if it is specific. Instead of saying ‘I want to eat more vegetables’, vow that you will eat a side salad with every dinner. You can also narrow down your specifics so that the overall goal seems less imposing. If your ultimate goal is to lose 10kg this year, break them down into 2kg blocks. Then you can celebrate each mini milestone and stay motivated.

2: Know Your Why

Get down to the reason behind why you want to achieve that goal. If you know the motivation it will drive you to succeed. If the real reason for wanting to improve your fitness is so that you can run around with the kids, keep reminding yourself of it. It will give you the incentive to make the necessary changes for success.

3: Know Your Priorities

One of the main reasons that resolutions fail is that you don’t allow yourself the time to complete them. With an already packed schedule it is hard to squeeze anything else in. So make your goal a priority. Sit down with a calendar and ruthlessly chop out anything that isn’t necessary. Ask yourself what you have to say no to in order to fit your goal in.

4: Get Accountable

Stop trying to do everything alone. Making a public declaration or commitment will increase your chance of success. Join a support group, find an accountability partner, or even post your plan on social media so your online friends can keep you on track.

5: Track Your Progress

If you can self monitor the progress of your goal then you will increase your chances of success. So try keeping a food diary, an exercise log, or simply noting your progress down in a journal. On the tough days you can look back on how far you have come and keep yourself on track going forward.

6: Permission To Restart

Making mistakes and stumbling is part of being human, so if this happens it is not the end of the world. You can always restart your goal if you need to. Don’t feel guilty and give yourself the permission to go for it again.

Instead of thinking of your goals as resolutions you must set in the new year, think of them as all year projects. Start them at a time that is convenient to you and when your motivation is at its highest. If you find that a goal is not working for you, ditch it and set a more realistic one instead!