Monday, 31 December 2018

Resolving to keep your resolutions this year?

woman thinking of New Year resolutions
Today is the day to make your New Year resolutions for 2019. And for many people, tomorrow is the day to break them!

A recent study by Bristol University found that 88 per cent of people who set New Year resolutions fail to keep them – although the majority of people are confident they will keep them at the time they make them.

It has probably been the same for thousands of years because New Year resolutions have a long-standing history.

The ancient Babylonians apparently made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, after whom the month of January is named.

So, how can you increase your chances of keeping your resolutions in 2019?

One tip is to make just one resolution. What do you really want to achieve this year? Your chances of success are known to be higher when you focus on changing just one aspect of your life.

If you can, break the resolution up into small steps. So, if you aim to lose weight, set yourself a monthly target – what would you like to weigh at the end of January? And then at the end of February? And so on, right through to this time next year.

Psychologists also suggest that you should give yourself a small reward whenever you achieve a sub-goal. This will help to motivate you and give you a sense of progress. So, if you hit your weight loss target for the end of January, treat yourself to a meal out. But make it a small one if you’re going to stand a chance of hitting your target for February!

And tell your friends and family about your goals. You're more likely to get support and, if you’ve made a public commitment to doing something, you will be more motivated to actually do it and avoid the failure.

So, if your resolution is that you will move to your dream home in 2019 - we’re here to help. Just give our sales team a call on 0845 450 7872.

Happy New Year!