If you’ve already fallen off the wagon with your New Years resolution after the holiday season, your not alone.  Research has shown that about 30% of people give up on their resolutions before they even reach the two-week mark. Early slips don’t predict failure! Just because you’ve had a setback doesn’t mean you can’t refocus and get back to the swing of things.

The key to success is coming back from the slips ups stronger than ever and getting back on the right path. Here are 5 science- backs ways to restart your resolutions to succeed in 2020.

Give yourself a reality check

Instead of being frustrated at yourself when experiencing failure, cut yourself some slack! Changing your behaviour is essentially learning a new skill which doesn’t happen overnight. When learning a new skill such as an instrument or sport we expect to have setbacks and accept failure as part of the process, so why should changes in behaviour be any different? Stop expecting perfection and appreciate the small steps you are taking to get closer to your goals. 

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Find a buddy

By having a family member or friend to lean on and keep you accountable as you go through it together will actually accelerate your performance and increase your chance of success by up to 95%.

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Change your environment

Whether it be a person, place or bad habit, chances are your resolution lapse was triggered by something. Avoiding these triggers and replacing them with people or things that will help you achieve your goals, is important to the success of your resolution. You may have to gradually face those triggers in the future but in the early stages, taking them out of the equation while you change your habits will make it easier to cement them.

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Keep Your Vision in Front of You

When making resolutions, most people make them in their heads and few actually take the time to write them down. If you write them down everyday or put them in a place you will see them it will remind you of what you need to do every day as you progress towards achieving your objectives.

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Restart at the right time

Research suggests that starting a behaviour change on day that holds psychological significance, whether it be the first day of the month or an anniversary, may improve your chances of success.

The holiday period has now ended, a new month is just around the corner and there is nothing holding you back, so don’t resort to procrastination and more excuses!

 

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