The new year calls for a fresh start. Maybe you started this year saying: “in 2019, I will eat healthily, and I mean it!” , or “This year, I will go on runs at least three times a week!”. While this is a really good start, the most important and difficult thing is to ACTUALLY do it. So here’s how.

1/ One thing at a time.

Focus on one thing at a time. Determine what’s the most important thing you want to change in your life and start with this. Having 10 different goals at once is overwhelming and you don’t know where to start, or don’t have enough time to concentrate on each one fully.

2/ Start small.

Don’t go from 0 to 10 right away. Take small steps. Big changes never happen overnight! You need to establish the habit behaviour first. It has to become a natural part of your routine before you can increase the effort/intensity.

3/ Celebrate small wins.

Be kind to yourself and celebrate the little steps you took. Celebrating your progress is crucial for your motivation.

By rewarding yourself for the small victories instead of beating yourself up for a bad performance you will activate the reward mechanism in your brain which, in turn, will make you feel more motivated to keep on going. These chemicals will make you feel empowered to take action and achieve more in the future.

4/ Surround yourself with a good support system.

Make sure your close friends and family support you. We tend to act like the people who surround us so if you decided to create healthy habits but all your friends are unhealthy, it’s time to make some new friends. If you want to achieve big things this year but you are surrounded by Negative Nancies, it will be hard to get all the motivation you need. You want to surround yourself with people who inspire you and push you.

5/ Make SMART changes.

Generic resolutions are hard to keep. “I will be happier” is too generic for you to know exactly what steps to take.

The research shows the best way to make a resolution and stick to it is a system called SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Rewarding and Trackable.

6/ Do YOU.

Make sure the change you decided to make is something YOU wanted to do and not something you think you SHOULD do.

Isn’t it so inspiring when you hear someone say something and they actually do it?  You, too, can do it. Keep in mind, the longer you stick to these changes, the more likely they will become habits.

What do you want to change/accomplish this year? Let us know in the comments below!