If you want to be one of the 10% of people who stick to their resolutions - then read on!
1) Make only one resolution
The chances of success are much better when you channel your energy into changing just one aspect of your behavior
Sit down, relax, and really Imagine what it would like to achieve your goal. Go into detail - how would it feel? What would you look like? How would your life be?
3) Make a list of benefits
Write down everything you've visualized - go into as much detail as possible about the impact achieving this goal would have on your life. It will help to keep you motivated - and you can keep adding as time goes on, and refer to it whenever you need to.
4) Keep the resolution SMART
(Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time based) - and write it down! Rather than just making a vague statement like "I want to lose weight" set yourself a target weight, and a timescale to reach it in - say three months - and put it in a diary
5) Work backwards
Once you have the goal written in a diary, work backwards from that date, setting mini goals along the way (say a pound a week) - that way the end goal won't seem so daunting
6) Track your progress
Keep a track of each of mini goal - they are easier to keep and each small achievement along the way will help keep you motivated
7) Reward yourself
And this doesn't mean with food if you're trying to lose weight! For each mini goal why not reward yourself with some new make-up or treatment.
8) Go public
Tell your friends, families and colleagues and ask them for their support - especially when you feel your resolve weakening! The ideal would also be to buddy up with someone who shares your resolution - and to be there to motivate each other.
9) Be persistent
Research shows it takes around 21 days for a new activity, such as exercise to become a habit, and 6 months for it to become part of your personality. So stay with the bigger picture that is your goal - and give yourself a break if you slip up along the way - you're only human!.
10) Ask for help
If all of this is a lot to take on and you feel you would benefit from some help - why make it hard on yourself? Ask for help! If that means taking on a personal trainer, coach, or buddying up with a friend for a few months - then do it. Make it easy!
Sue Belton (CPCC, ACC) is a Certified Life Coach based in London, and coaches clients internationally. Her passion is to help people achieve clarity, focus, and motivation - to live the life they really want.
Sue recently featured on BBC1's The One Show talking about how to effectively make and keep New Year's Resolutions. Sue helps people make permanent changes in their lives.
Courtesy Sue Belton: Life Coach