Happy New Year!

It’s that time of year when we set New Year’s resolutions and often unfortunately a lot of people end up with a long list of things that are long forgotten by the end of January.

If you are one of those people why not do it differently this year.

Here are my top tips:

When you are setting your goals think about the following:

  • Instead of giving yourself a long shopping list of things to do from the January think about what your priorities are and start with the first one – it could be that one of the things you want to do can be done later on in the year – for example last year I wanted to buy a flat but I knew I didn’t want to look until the Spring (I am in the UK so that’s about April time). It helps so that you are not overloaded from the start of the year.
  • Be specific about what you want to achieve, ie don’t say you want to lose weight, if that’s your plan, how much do you want to lose? When do you want to lose it by?
  • Think about how you are going to achieve it and if you need any support. I had running the London Marathon on my goals for last year and I found a great running plan to follow and Facebook support group (as well as friends) to support me through this.
  • Be realistic about what you want to achieve and when you can achieve it, don’t overload yourself with too much at once and expect big results straight away with something that could take time.

  • Take a step back and look at what you’d like to do by the end of the year and see what and when it is achievable.
  • Celebrate your achievements or milestones when you reach them – my friend and I had a lovely afternoon tea to celebrate our Marathon run.
  • Does your goal have an end date or will it be on-going and how will your maintain that, for example this could be the case for both keeping fit and losing weight. How do you maintain the momentum for keeping fit and maintain the weight loss once you have reached your goal?
  • Think about the challenges you may face and how you can overcome them, where you may need support and who can give this to you.
  • If there are elements to it you don’t think you will enjoy but are part of the process, how can you make these more enjoyable? For example, during my marathon training, due to the time of year and weather, I had to do a lot of treadmill training which I don’t particularly enjoy so I make sure I had a good playlist to listen to or found good programmes to watch on tv.

If you are setting New Year’s Resolutions please feel free to share in the comments below what you are planning to do.

Finding out more

Feel free to follow my Facebook Page where I share tips and ideas on topics like how to set goals, making positive change and changing careers.

If one of your plans for 2020 is to change career or you want to re-connect with your current career so you can enjoy it more contact me to find out how my career change coaching programme can help you. I have spaces available in January (but it is also available all year round). Let’s discuss when would be a good time for you.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you the very best for 2020.

Claire