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In part 1 we looked at how to use effective goal setting techniques to prepare and outline your New Year’s resolutions.
Preparation is key! To really increase the chances of success; you can prepare by anticipating and writing down anything that you think may sabotage your chances of succeeding and maintaining your resolutions into 2017. Grab and pen and paper, and jot down the following –
Make a list of things that you will need to put in place to ensure that you can achieve your goals and maintain your resolutions. Split these things into “essential”, and “desirable”. Essential things, as you might expect, are definitely required in order to achieve and/or maintain your goals & resolutions, whilst desirable things are those which would help, but aren’t required. For example:
Endeavour to put everything essential in place before you start. When this is done, look to see which desirable influences can be put it place too.
Spend 10 minutes thinking about (and researching) all the possible difficulties that you may encounter on the path towards achieving your goals. Separate these difficulties into “hurdles”, “barriers” and “pitfalls”. Finally, write down the solutions to these difficulties:
Hurdles – things that you can’t avoid but can easily overcome
A possible hurdle could be people offering you unhealthy food. If so, there are three possible solutions to this:
Barriers – obstacles that you can get around or prevent
A possible barrier could be shopping while hungry and therefore being more likely to buy unhealthy food in the supermarket. The best solution to this would be:
Pitfalls – behaviours & influences that can potentially derail your entire plan
A possible pitfall which many of us succumb to is keeping high sugar or processed food in the house. This is a particular problem during the festive period. A good solution to this would be:
Another potential pitfall commonly reported is eating when either bored or upset. If you fall victim to this, then you have four possible options to consider:
This section is all about empowering yourself and acknowledging that you do have the ability to make a positive change.
Grab that pen and paper again and write down an answer to these three questions:
Once you have completed the questions and tasks above and our previous blog post on how to stick to resolutions, you will be fully prepared from a psychological point of view.
In the next blog post, we will look at some tips on healthy eating.
For now, remember that eating and exercise habits take around 8 weeks to become fully ‘automated’ and ingrained in your behaviour.
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