Tip of the week

Published: Wednesday 7th January 2015

Want to keep your new year resolutions in 2015?  Stay on track by using these handy tips provided by ACU's Employee Assistance Program provider, ACCESS EAP.

Pick Realistic Goals

The surest way to fall short of your new year’s resolution is to set your goals too high. Resolving to lose 30kg and look more like Elle Macpherson is sadly unrealistic for most people. However, setting a goal to lose a few kilos and cut back on sugar is more realistic. So remember to keep your goals realistic, small and achievable.

Define Those Goals

A common pitfall for people is that they are too vague about what they want to achieve. Saying you will exercise or go back to study isn’t enough. Spending time developing a specific, concrete action plan with the details of each small step will help increase your chances of success.

Plan Ahead 

If your action plan involves tasks which need to be done daily or weekly, set specific times of the day or week which you will use to work on it. Don’t be afraid to change these days if they don’t work for you. The key is to stay flexible and adopt changes needed to be successful in your goals.

Have a Contingency Plan

Decide how you will deal with temptation to have that one cigarette, or skip that gym class. This could include practicing positive thinking, reviewing the reasons why you set goals in the first place or calling a friend.

Track Your Progress

Keep track of each small success you make toward reaching your larger goal. Rewarding your small accomplishments will help keep you motivated along the way.

Seek Out Support

Don’t keep your resolution a secret. Tell family and friends who will be supportive about your resolve to make change in your life. Let them know how to help you achieve your goal.

Keep Trying

Accept that there will be times when your resolve weakens or you will have that slip up. Don’t beat yourself up – simply start over again! Experts say it takes 21 days for a new activity such as exercising to become a habit and 6 months for it to become part of your personality. So keep trying and enlist the help of professional services if needed.