Aside from the usual relaxing, drinking and family time, the end of year is an opportunity to really evaluate things for the New Year. Change is always a good thing – but with 58% of Aussie breaking their New Year resolutions in 2015, it certainly makes you wonder whether we’re a bunch of failures or just very optimistic. Regardless of what category you fall in though, a freshly minted New Year is the perfect time to kick your goals into gear for the upcoming year.
Whether it’s to eat healthy, save more money, do more of what you love or take up something new; writing down goals for the New Year is the easy part. But when it comes to big, bold and brave transformations we’re often fighting against time, lack of enthusiasm and a lifetime of ingrained behaviours that conspire against us. So how do you actually commit to your 2017 resolutions? Here’s a few tips to achieve the most common New Year goals.
1. Lose Weight, Get Fit and Be Healthy
Fitness is almost always the top of everyone’s New Year’s resolutions with goals to lose weight, tone up or simple eat healthier. It’s also one of the most breakable too. If you’re looking to boost your health and fitness next year, start with simple lifestyle changes that can be implemented into your daily or weekly routine. Look for free apps to motivate you and keep your progress on track or exercise with a friend so you can both help encourage each other. Creating an epic music playlist to fuel your workouts will make it that much more fun too!
If you haven’t been to the gym in over a year, signing up to a gym membership will probably see your resolution get pushed to the backburner. And too often these memberships are easily forgotten about. Instead, invest in fitness equipment for your home. This financial commitment, as well as seeing the machine in your home every day, will ensure you better stick to the resolution. Depending on your fitness goals consider purchasing a treadmill, weight bench or multi-gym. Working out in the comfort of your own home will make getting healthy a much more attainable goal.
2. Spend Less, Save More
Money related resolutions make up 34% of the goal-setting population. Paying off debts is always a popular one, but one of the most difficult to actually accomplish because it means stepping outside of your comfort zone. If 2017 is the year to save money and start clearing debts, do your homework and spend time comparing financial products to find out what can help fast-track your savings.
Sit down and review your spending habits early in the New Year. Weigh these up with your income and draw up a budget. Most people won’t stick to their financial goals because they’re trying to follow a budget that’s simply not realistic. If you know your vinyl addiction isn’t going to ever ease up, find other areas where you can cut back on. Work out a realistic figure you can put away from your pay check every fortnight and set up a direct debit so the money is put into a savings account before you even notice it gone.
3. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
Despite this New Year’s resolution sounding like fun, the failure rate is still very high. The sad truth is most people work too hard to set time aside for a proper vacation. Money constraints and tight budgets usually get in the way too, forcing us to work more and more to make ends meet. If this goal is important to you, like saving and clearing debts you need to create a realistic budget that allows you to put money aside to achieve it.
Weigh up what it means to you to live life to the fullest. For some, it’s a holiday every 12 months but for others it may be more family time or going out to great music events. Living life to the fullest doesn’t always need to involve a lot of money either. Be smart and specific about this resolution and really define what it is you need to add (or remove) from your life to make it work.
4. Learn Something New and Exciting
Taking up a new hobby or immersing yourself in another culture by learning a different language are great ways to add some excitement into your world. Especially for highly creative individuals, it’s important to take up something that fuels your artistic challenge. Learning a new instrument is a top resolution for many or maybe you want to take your current creative outlet to a whole new level.
Learning a new language or taking up a creative hobby ranks among those resolutions that a high percentage of people actually keep. The key is to pick something that isn’t too challenging to learn. Avoid taking on a new hobby just because your best friend is committing to it. Instead, find something that’s exciting for you and come up with a plan to make it happen.
5. Travel More
If you’re daydreaming about exotic destinations you’ve been craving to see, make 2017 the year you tick one off the bucket list. It’s a hard resolution for many to achieve because it involves saving money to make it happen. But if you really want to explore foreign countries, making the change to get it happening should be well the sacrifice. Whilst it’s all very well to dream big, find places you can travel to that won’t put you in a stressful financial position. You don’t always have to leave the country to find a little slice of paradise to escape too.
Your travel bucket list should include a mix of attainable locations as well as those ‘big dream’ places. Keep your finger on the pulse when it comes to last minute flight specials and accommodation deals to snap up something great. If you’re anything like me and have a music festival bucket list to tick off, plan well in advance to start saving for the trip so there’s no excuses to miss out. Combining travel with live music would definitely make 2017 a winner!
Achieving your New Year’s resolutions doesn’t have to be a big challenge. Stick to 3-5 key goals you want to achieve and keep them as simple as possible. Resolutions that are tangible and specific are more likely to be achieved. Define exactly what you want to accomplish and write down a couple of steps which you can take to help get you there. Last but not least; share your New Year’s resolutions with a close friend or family member. This gives you an element of accountability which can be a great motivation to get you over the line.
This article is on behalf of Orbit Fitness – the largest supplier of fitness equipment in Perth to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions.