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How to make sure your resolutions are successful

 

Did you know that about 88% of people who set New Year resolutions fail? And it’s around this time of year that we start to fall off the New Year resolution wagon, which is a huge shame as the benefits of pushing yourself to do something different are manifold.

The most common reasons cited for resolution failure are having unrealistic goals, not tracking progress, simply forgetting that you made the resolution in the first place (yes, really!), and stretching your resolve too thinly across too many resolutions.

Don’t become just another New Year resolution statistic! Here are some simple steps you can take to make sure your New Year resolutions are a resounding success.

1. Prioritise your resolutions
If your list of New Year’s resolutions stretches beyond three or four, you may want to have a rethink, or risk running yourself into a demoralised little hole. Consider which resolution will make the biggest difference to your life and which ones you want to achieve, rather than feel like you should achieve.
Tell other people about your resolution, or resolutions, and ask them to talk to you about it on a regular basis. Accountability is key to success.

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3. Keep it realistic

Keep your resolutions realistic. Face it: unless you’re already an established author, the chances of you writing a best-selling novel in a year are pretty slim, and unless you’ve got a whopping disposable income and shedloads of time on your hands, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to take a long-haul holiday every month of the year.


4. Take baby steps

Break your resolution down into simple, realistic, achievable and easily identifiable steps set within a clear timeframe. So, instead of aiming to write a best-selling novel, set yourself a target of writing one chapter a month. By monitoring your progress in this way you are rewarded with a regular feeling of achievement, and having a chapter-by-chapter body of work is a solid reminder of the strength of your willpower, even if nobody else ever reads it.


Plus, this gives you something positive to report when all those pesky people you told about your resolution check up on you.


5. Establish a clear timeline

Set out a series of deadlines to help you stay focused. Ideally, they should be set at 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 12 weeks and 1 year, with each deadline having a specific target that builds momentum towards your big-picture resolution. So if you want to learn Spanish, set a target of memorising one new word every day, start a class in mid-February, book an immersive Spanish language holiday for March/April, and aim to be able to hold your own in conversation in Spanish by December.


And finally, another way to help you stick at it is to make it about more than just yourself. So if you want to take more exercise, run a 5km, 10km, half marathon or even a marathon for charity, or if you want to travel more, consider a volunteering break.


Here are 5 ways Thelma & Louise Club can help you achieve your resolutions:

  1. Talk to other community members about your resolutions
  2. Send us a digital postcard and inspire other members to do something different
  3. Make more friends and improve your social life by setting up a local Thelma & Louise Club Meetup
  4. Find a travel buddy and encourage each other to push your boundaries
  5. Travel more