#4 is something small – but totally transformative! – that we can all commit to, and it has nothing to do with a restrictive diet or an unrealistic workout regime.
New year, new you, right? As the calendar ticks over to January, we start talking about the things we’re going to achieve this year (pay off that credit card, drink less, do more cultural things, blah blah blah) and, before you know it, you actually have a list a mile long with the things you’d like to make happen in the year ahead. Usually, it’s all too much, too hard and too confronting, so many of us tend to give up before we even start.
The best way to keep our willpower engaged and growing is to set small, positive goals rather than one big ‘resolution’, and gradually build on those, with small steps daily, to create effective change. And these seven easy tips will help you achieve your big plans in 2018 – and beyond.
1. Set inch pebbles, not miles
It’s time to be realistic about your goal setting. Goals are great! They keep me motivated and focused with a plan but remember, slow and steady wins the race. Nothing great or lasting is achieved overnight, focus on your NSVs (non-scale victories), too, which is something that isn’t necessarily on your goal list, but something worth celebrating. The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unachievable. It is not realistic to vow to NEVER eat chocolate again, for example. By doing this, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Instead, aim for something a little more attainable. Your beloved chocolate, for example, is now your treat meal instead of your everyday meal. Write down the things you want to achieve and write down the steps you need to achieve them. Doesn’t matter what it is, write it down, make a plan and stick to it.
2. Shout it from the rooftops
Don’t keep your resolutions a secret! Tell the world about it, especially those family and friends who will be there to support you. Best case scenario? You find a pal with a similar goal and you have a motivation buddy with you.
3. Reward yourself
But not with food! Celebrate your successes and goal smashing with something that doesn’t contradict your resolution, bonus points if it brings you some “me minutes” too. Paint your nails, go and see that movie you wanted or grab a girlfriend for a walk and chat.
4. Make your bed every morning
Oh Tiff, don’t be silly, how does this relate back to New Year Resolutions? Well, there is a method to my madness, I promise. I’m not talking a full change and washing of sheets. I’m talking straightening up that doona and fixing those pillows. Making your bed is excellent for productivity. If you achieve this first thing in the morning, even though it feels a little trivial, it will set your tone for the day. You have already accomplished one thing! Now, onto the next.
5. Do a 3 hour re-set
Don’t beat yourself up if you think you slip up or you have an off day. Guess what? You’re a person who needs to live their life, too. My 3 hour re-set rule applies to everything. If you slip up, that’s okay. For example, you eat that office birthday cake and then feel terrible after. Cake is great! Enjoy the cake. Then, give yourself 3 hours to re-set, so it doesn’t mean the whole day is a write off.
6. Keep track of everything!
Make sure you keep track of every large goal smashed and every NSV achieved. Celebrating your shorter term goals will help keep you motivated with those longer term goals. Keep a fitness journal and try and outdo your own planking PB and reward yourself when you see your progress in your food journal.
7. Channel your inner Energizer bunny (keep going and going…)
Even when it feels impossible, the trick is to stick with your resolution – especially when it feels like you’re getting nowhere. It’s a FACT that it takes 21 days for something to become a habit and 6 months for it to become part of your personality. It won’t happen overnight but it will happen with persistence, patience and a good attitude. If you find you ran out of steam by February, don’t throw in the towel! Start over on a smaller scale: recommit yourself for 24 hours, ‘cos you can do ANYTHING for 24 hours. The 24 hours will soon build on each other and before you know it, your 24 hours is a whole week and you’re back on track.
Bonus round: No more excuses!
Schedule your goal to be part of your daily routine. If it’s exercise based, grab yourself a buddy and get moving! You’re much more likely to stick to your plan if you have someone right there to check in with. You don’t have to spend hours in the gym, you can do a TIFFXO session or try something new and different; ride a bike, go to a dance class or finally go and do that hike you’ve been thinking about. Make it something you enjoy and you’ll starting seeing those benefits.
Watch as ‘The Biggest Loser’s Tiffiny Hall puts News.com.au’s Charlotte Willis through one of her toughest workouts.