The New Year can be both full of potential and a completely overwhelming time all in one. You decide to start your whole ‘new year’ now and implement about a thousand new routines. Having strict goals for the year that you set out to achieve overnight is a sure fire way to set yourself up for failure.

A common reason people don’t achieve their goals is that they set them too high. Here’s three tried and tested ways to set up your 2019 for success.

1. Choose a word to guide your year. 

This isn’t a new idea by any stretch but it will give you some flexibility to cultivate a year that is themed towards one goal. 

The process of choosing a word for the year provides clarity. You can take all your big plans for life change and narrow them down into a single focus. Your one word centres your goals and allows you to create a single vision for 2019. When it comes to achieving goals, setting a single focus is perceived as much more achievable than a large detailed list of changes. It’s all about perception.

Here are some words to get you started:

Download our 2019 Word of The Year worksheet.

2. Go with your gut, what feels good? 

Our mind often tells us what is the sensible choice or action but when you take a moment to listen inward maybe your gut has something different in mind. After all, the gut has a growing reputation as our second brain, so why should the ‘first brain’ have all the responsibility. 

Spend time tuning in to your body during the holiday break and see how certain ideas and thoughts sit with you. 

If you’re considering a big life change, sit and think about yourself achieving the final outcome then see how you feel about it. Does it feel exciting or bring energy to your body, maybe you feel warm or relaxed. Does it make you feel anxious or cold? Write down any sensations you feel both physically and emotionally then decide if these are positive or negative. It’s a different process for each but it can have surprising results when you listen in to your body. 

3. Give yourself more than 21 days to form that new habit.

According to a 2011 study by Phillipa Lally, a daily action e.g. meditating for 10 minutes every morning took an average of 66 days to become as much of a habit as it would ever become.

There was a large variance both among people and among habits as some people are more habit-resistant than others, and some habits are harder to pick up than others.

The study also showed that if you happen to catch a cold or have a family crisis and miss a day here or there when you’re trying to develop a habit, it doesn’t derail the process. So with this in mind don’t get discouraged if your track record isn’t completely perfect. Mark those 66 days on the calendar and give it a go!

Above all else be kind to yourself and have plenty of fun. Happy New Year!

Posted by Jess Reeves
Jess Reeves

Currently studying a Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture), Jess is in the midst of balancing a career in marketing with pursuing her new career in acupuncture. Outside of work and study, Jess spends her time practicing yoga, cooking up delicious vegan meals, flying through the clouds (skydiving), and op shopping.

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