New year resolutions


Published on This is the time when many people make New Year resolutions – or New Year goals. These goals are often to give up smoking, to lose weight or to exercise more. Several things will increase your chance of keeping your resolutions: not making them on January 1st, phrasing them positively and making the goals specific rather than vague.Several suggestions are given as possible New Year goals, such as trying new activities, keeping a journal, eating more fresh fruit and vegetables and decluttering one room in the house.

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New year resolutions

  1. 1. New Year Resolutions: A New
  2. 2. It’s that time of year when people review their lives and their goals. There’s something about the blank pages of a diary (or a journal) for the upcoming year that is somehowinspiring and filled with a bit of wonder and mystery.
  3. 3. What’s the year going to hold? Will it be better or worse than last year, or just the same?New Year resolutions tend to be part of this process of reviewing a lifestyle.
  4. 4. It’s also the time of year when hypnotherapists tend to be quitebusy, as some of the most common New Year resolutions are to lose weight andto quit smoking – and hypnosis is often used to help achieve these goals.
  5. 5. But this article isn’t about weight loss or giving up smoking, and isn’t a plugfor hypnotherapy to do this. Instead, it’s a look at New Year resolutions and how to have a greater chance of achieving them.
  6. 6. For a start off, let’s start with a change of terminology. How often do we talk about “resolutions” outside of the context of committee meetings?
  7. 7. And even in the business context, resolutions are just part of a bigger process – they’re decisions thathave been made about plans, goals and actions to be taken.We’ll talk about goals, dreams and plans instead.
  8. 8. However, the word “resolution” does contain a clue about the mostimportant factor in the whole process of improving or changing a life.It’s to do with the word “resolve”, which is an old-fashioned word meaning willpower or determination.
  9. 9. And whether or not you manage to keep your New Year resolutions – whoops, I mean goals – often comes down to the mind and your beliefs.
  10. 10. Hypnosis can be used to help with a lot of these things in the mind, whateverthey are, as it’s what we believe in the deepest part of ourselves that really influences our actions.
  11. 11. Anyway, back to the process of making New Year goals.
  12. 12. The first thing is the timing.January the first probably isn’t the best time to make these goals and plans, especially if you’ve partied a bit hard the night before.
  13. 13. The “morning after” syndrome tendsto produce fuzzy thinking and the maingoal, plan or resolution made by people who are hung over tends to be something along the lines of “I willnever, ever do anything like that again!”
  14. 14. Even if you only had a couple of glasses of wine or just stuck to the orange juice, seeing the New Year in and staying up to midnight means that you’re probably not at your best and you aren’t thinking as clearly as you might be.
  15. 15. A better plan is to enjoy the day off and just relax without thinking about your life goals, get an early night to make upfor lost sleep and to take a bit of time onJanuary the 2nd to do the planning and setting your goals for the year.
  16. 16. The next part of the process is to thinkabout what you would like to achieve in the year in your personal life.
  17. 17. Often, New Year goals are about breaking bad habits – smoking, excessdrinking and being overweight – but not all of your plans and goals have to benegative things about not doing this or giving up that.
  18. 18. However, you can frame your goals in apositive way or look at things that you’d like to start doing or do more of. t’s probably more helpful to frame your goals in a positive way, as the phrasesyou write down or say out loud engrain themselves into your mind and into your thinking patterns.
  19. 19. If you continually mention “smoking”, even in the context of “I will give up smoking”, you are thinkingabout smoking and reminding yourselfof it. It’s far better to get what you don’t want to do right out of your mind and focus on what you do want.
  20. 20. When you set your New Year goals, it’sbest to have something specific that you can aim to do.
  21. 21. Some things are all-or-nothing issues(such as becoming free from a tobaccoaddiction and rediscovering smells and tastes, aka giving up smoking).
  22. 22. Others need to be defined. For example, the goal of losing weight and/or exercising more is a bit vague and is thus harder to stick to, as youcan’t get a clear mental picture of what you want to achieve.
  23. 23. It’s better to have a more definite goal,such as “I will get my weight below 80 kg,” or “I will go for a run around the block at least three times a week.”
  24. 24. A lot of people can’t think past weight loss, exercise, addictions (e.g. tobaccoand alcohol) when it comes to New Year goals. But why not think outside the box and look at your whole life rather than just your health?
  25. 25. Here are a handful of ideas to get you started (some of which have been thiswriter’s New Year goals in the past – but I’m not telling you which ones!):
  26. 26. 1. To try four new activities over the next 12 months. That’s one new thing to try every three months. You don’t have to succeed at what you try – you just have to give it a go. These activities don’t have to be extreme or expensive – it could be something as small as learning some sort of craft, trying a new cuisine (either cooking it or eating it) or having a go at a sport you’ve never tried.
  27. 27. 2. Eating more fresh fruit andvegetables, especially raw ones. Thepros tell us that we should eat atleast five servings of fruit andvegetables a day, preferably raw andpreferably more than five. And eat arange of colours –red, blue/purple, green, orange, yellow and white.
  28. 28. 3. Look beyond coffee when choosingthings to drink as a way of cuttingdown on caffeine. Try some herbalteas instead – some are delicious.
  29. 29. 4. Write a letter (yes, a paper letterand not an email) to an out-of-townrelative every month.5. Keep a journal.
  30. 30. 6. Say more positive things about yourselfrather than putting yourself down.7. Get into the habit of chatting withcheckout staff as a way of overcomingshyness and social anxiety.8. Throw out all the clutter in one room inthe house.
  31. 31. Write your goals down and read themout loud. What you say and imprint into your mind is more likely to become reality. And find a way to keep yourself accountable.
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