Resolutions seem pretty old hat now, have you made any? It seems we have been enveloped by a wave of cynicism and apathy towards them but Hogmanay does force us to contemplate the year gone and the year ahead, I think the Cynicism comes from the forced nature of contemplation, not everyone is ready for change so being forced to think about it can cause resentment.

How do we change this and use this time of year for something useful? Here are my simple tips to follow

  • Focus on process not outcome, a target is great but what needs to change to get there?
  • A habit is a response to a trigger, what are yours? Figure this out and you are doing well. GOing to bed trigger us to brush our teeth, what triggers you to overeat or drink?
  • Use triggers to setup habits, I will stretch before bed each night, I will drink a glass of water once I wake, I will go a walk each day at lunch. Attaching these habits to something means it is more likely to become automatic instead of having to use willpower each time.
  • You can’t change anyone, trying to get someone to change will almost always result in them becoming defensive and often your annoyance is a reflection of your own frustrations, all you can do is lead and hope they follow.
  • Planning is good but too much can masquerade as action. A non perfect action is much better than a perfect non action.
  • Start with one habit and add as you get more confident.
My 5 favourite habits for most people
  • Stretch once per day
  • Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up
  • At least 30mins of movement per day
  • Have a consistent bed time
  • Lots of veg with most meals

What do you think? What has worked for you in the past?

We have 1 space left in our January intake, if you would like to learn how to change effectively then get in touch, I would love to hear from you.