New Year, new me? BE YOU IN 2018!
Written by Katie Baggott on 1st January 2018
Katie Baggott discovers the key to sticking to your New Year’s Resolution
Regardless of what resolution you commit to, the goal is to improve your life in the coming year. Resolutions can come in many forms; some people make a promise to change a bad habit, such as quitting smoking or eating less junk food. Others seek to improve their wellbeing or mental health, spend less and save more or even spend more time with family, friends and loved ones.
The sad truth is that only 8 percent of people actually keep their New Year resolutions and most find ourselves breaking that promise within the first month. We tend to have unrealistic goals and they are often too broad or too restrictive, so its better to achieve a grand statement by creating small, achievable steps.
Lifestyle entrepreneur, Kelly Pretty thinks that “it is essential to set goals at the beginning of the year. It gets me focused to plan the year ahead and gives me something tangible to work towards that I can review throughout the year.
Clear, defined goals are scientifically proven to increase results when written down which I do every January.”
Many resolutions are successful because of a clear mindset. The primitive part of your brain looks after our survival and hates change. Lack of daily encouragement and firm intentions are how habits are formed.
Geraldine Joaquim, a clinical hypnotherapist, helps people manage their stress and explains how your brain works in response to new resolutions:
“Our primitive brain discards the message as something we don’t really want to do and continues to reinforce the old behaviours. When we create a new habit we have to forge a new neural pathway. Think of it like a road: the old habit is a wide motorway, no hidden bumps or difficult turns so it’s really easy to navigate.”
“To create a new habit you have to make a new road, you have to cut through brambles and nettles to create a tiny dirt path. It’s difficult, there are bumps and hidden dips; it would be easier to return to the old habit following that established motorway. You have to persevere with the new one and if you stick to the new widened path. Eventually the new motorway grows into an established habit and the old habit becomes overgrown and eventually disappears.”
Hypnotherapy works by using your own desire for change and reinforces it with direct messages to the subconscious, the primitive brain, so it helps to turbocharge the making of that new road to successfully form a new habit.
One key to achieving your resolutions is picking specific, realistically achievable and measurable goals. But the secret, clearly define what you want to achieve in the year and make the achievements memorable and important to YOU!
10 achievable goals to make in 2018:
- Procrastinate less
- Explore more
- Learn more about yourself
- Spend more time with people that matter
- turn your hobby into a career
- Learn to cook
- Spend less time on social media
- Become more social
- Face your fears and insecurities
- Become more confident and take some chances