How To Start Your New Year Right

How To Start Your New Year Right

on 6 January 2016 at 11:38am



Edited by Natalie Whitmore

Despite the fact that many of us may have started 2016 nursing a horrific hangover and haunting memories from the night before, there is no denying that the beginning of the new year is a prime-time for a clean slate and to start writing a successful new chapter of your life.

I’m sure the majority of us have intentions set to make 2016 ‘the year’. This is the year to finally change, and become the person you’ve always wanted to be: fitter; healthier; smarter; wiser- and no doubt countless resolutions have been set to attain these goals.

There is no problem with wanting to ‘be better’ as it were – but what will actually make this year different to last, and what can you do to make sure you stick to them? Here are a few tips to guide you on your way:

Keeping it organised

  1. Make realistic goals. If your goal is to get fitter, don’t count on being able to run a marathon in a few months if you haven’t even tried running before. If you hate vegetables, don’t suddenly become vegetarian in order to become healthier. A staggering 33% of us make a resolution to become fitter but an average of 43% don’t keep it up for even a month. Make precise, manageable goals that you can measure and tick off to both increase likelihood of achieving it and also so you get that satisfaction of completing it! For example, instead of ‘join gym and get fit’ maybe have ‘go to fitness class/gym two times a week’.
  2. Get support. Obviously, some resolutions are more personal than others, but making others aware of your goals means that you have more support. Maybe even someone will join you on your quest to become a better person! It would be much easier to keep up cooking healthy meals if cooking for two. Get yourself a gym-buddy and it will make doing exercise an excuse for a good’ol catch up as well as a feel-good work-out! There is the risk however, that with endless twitter updates and Facebook statuses of how your consecutive no-cheese diet is going may become irritating to others, so maybe be tactful about how to approach it.
  3. Write out your progress as you go along. Give yourself regular achievement check-points and  reward yourself as you go along. Not only will this give you more initiative to keep going, but if you do fail then maybe you can look back and see where you went wrong in order to make improvements for next time.
  4. Don’t be so hard on yourself. If you slip up, it doesn’t mean that you are never going to achieve your goal. Engineer James Dyson created 5127 vacuum cleaner models before coming up with the final one that worked. Now Dyson is one of the richest men in the world. Before starting up Apple, Steve Jobs was kicked out of a company that he originally founded; if that doesn’t knock down your confidence I don’t know what will. The thing is, these men didn’t give up and look where they are now! We all have to encounter set-backs at some point.

A key point (however well-intentioned your resolutions are) is to remember that there is no obligation to have a resolution if you are going to worry about sticking to it or even if you just generally don’t want/need one. There is no pressure to become an incredible superhuman and there is no point in waiting for that key point in your life when everything will work and be amazing. Make 2016 that year where you actually let go and have fun. See your family and friends, travel, and experience something new.  Even if you laugh a little too long or drink a little too much, don’t make 2016 that year of regret and missed opportunity.


Would it be too stereotypical and ironic of me to say YOLO at this point? Whatever the case – Happy New Year everyone and make it a good’un!

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