Monday, 8 January 2018

5 Tips For Smashing Your New Year’s Resolutions

Rise and shine guys and gals. It’s 6am, it’s a Monday and it’s time to get up and smash the week ahead!

Side note: How bloody satisfying was it starting 2018 on a Monday?! I can’t be the only slightly OCD freak that finds that incredibly pleasing. 

In my first post of 2018 (yay for me posting on the first day of the year - one goal in progress) I spoke about having goals and resolutions in order to improve, enrich and better our lives. I, myself, began listing many goals and resolutions I want to achieve in 2018 and there’s certainly more to add to the list however it’s important to not get carried away and get ahead of ourselves. Of course, every single person on this planet wants to achieve many things in 2018 but often people put immence pressure on themselves to start ticking off goals within the first week of the year and realistically, that is never going to happen. 

Here are my 5 top tips to help you stay on track and smash your 2018 goals...

1. Grab yourself a notebook, a scrap bit of paper, the notes section in your phone or whatever the hell works for you and write down every damn thing you want to achieve this year. Now you need to go through that list and rank everything from the most important to the least important. For example: Learning to drive could be number 1 on the list and drinking 3 litres of water a day could rank number 5. This isn’t to say the lower ranking goals on the list don’t matter at all but it’s crucial to know what will really enhance your life in the best way possible and allowing you to focus more on the important things in order to understand how much time/effort/work will go into achieving those said goals and knowing that the lesser important goals still matter to you but it’s not going to be a life or death situation if you don’t achieve them. Therefore, allowing you to focus on 2 or 3 major goals this year. 

2. Once you have taken the time to understand what goals you want to achieve and what major ones you want to focus on it’s now time to start viewing those goals in a smart, positive way. Let’s use diet and exercise as an example here. How demotivating and draining is it when you hear people constantly moan about ‘being fat’ or ‘not looking like XYZ celebrity’? We’ve all been guilty of it at times but it’s bloody boring to listen to and that’s exactly how your goals will sound if all you write down is ‘I will diet’, ‘I will not eat junk food’. Zzzz BORING. You can change this to being a smart and positive goal by saying ‘I will look and feel amazing by losing 5 pounds and will do this by going to the gym 4 times a week and eating wholesome, healthy foods Mon-Fri whilst allowing to treat myself on the weekends’. See how much better that sounds? How much more motivating it is? Now do this for every goal you have written down particularly your 2-3 (or more) major goals.

3. Understand that life gets in the way. Due to you writing down all your goals, ranking them and making them smart and positive, you think that everything will go smooth sailing and you’ll hit those goals in no time, right? Wrong. There’s no telling what tomorrow will bring and you should remember that sometimes life really does just get in the way and things may have to be delayed and deadlines may not be met but that’s life, you can’t change that and you shouldn’t try to. If something crops up and it’s more important or you need to spend more time with a partner or maybe your car broke so you need to spend 500 quid on that rather than a few weekends out then do so. One day, one week, one month of not pursuing a goal won’t matter that much in the long run, trust me, somethings in life just have to take a priority.

4. Following on from my point above about life getting in the way, learn to not put so much pressure on yourself. If you burn the candle at both ends you won’t get anywhere in life. It’s much more beneficial to take things slowly and tick off one goal at a time and do so properly and effectively rather than burning yourself out and ultimately failing at the first hurdle and not achieving any goals at all. Remember, we still have 50 weeks left of the year, you’ve got time.

5. Share and celebrate your successes! Sing and shout (quite literally if that’s your thang) about every little thing you achieve. It’s essential to praise and reward yourself when you hit those goals. Who gives a toss if people get annoyed at your million and one gym pictures on Instagram? Who really cares if people don’t like how much you promote your passion and business on Facebook? This is your life, live it for you and for no one else. Those people know where the unfollow and unfriend button is. Don’t let anymore rain on your parade and share your successes far and wide at every chance you get! 

Be yourself, be unapologetically you, be positive, be happy and be encouraging towards others too and everything you want to achieve will come your way. Whatever you give out into the Universe, the Universe will give back to you. Good luck in smashing your 2018 goals, I hope my 5 top tips helped!

Until next time...

Elle x

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