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How to choose a New Year’s resolution – and stick to it


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It’s that time of year again when we promise ourselves to be healthier, exercise more, work harder or improve our lives in one way or another. Resolutions should be motivating, inspiring and achievable, but quite often they can result in stress and disappointment. So how do you choose a resolution and how can you make sure you can achieve it?

1. Be picky

Hands up if you pick the same resolutions year-on-year or if you choose a generic resolution!

Spend some time thinking about what you want to achieve this year and what challenges you might be facing. For example, are you going to graduate this year and will be looking for a job? Will you be finishing your A Levels and applying to university?

Whatever your plans are, try and choose your resolutions to support them. Pick goals that are specific to you. Like gaining some relevant work experience, going to CV writing workshops, volunteering, travelling or starting that hobby you’ve wanted to try for a while. It’s never too late to try new things or join a sports team or society!

2. Don’t choose too many

Does anyone else end up with a list of ten resolutions for the year? It’s tempting to make a lot of life changes and set lots of new goals, but this can make them harder to accomplish.

Instead, focus on one or two resolutions that you really want to achieve. Change is a good thing and is part of our philosophy here at Suffolk, but changing several aspects of your life at once could be quite stressful!

The best thing about picking one or two New Year’s resolutions is that if you’ve completed them halfway through the year a) give yourself a massive pat on the back and b) you can set another couple of goals to work towards. This is much more manageable and imagine the feeling when you can achieve your resolutions and tick them off your list! 

3. Make it realistic 

Well, we would all love to be millionaires living our best lives, sailing around the Caribbean in our own private yachts…but there’s a chance that might not happen. A little dreaming never hurt anyone, though!

A top tip would be to make your resolution realistic and achievable for you. You don’t have to make it super easy, but at the same time it should feel like something you can work towards and a goal that you think you can reach with a little more work and focus. Also, make it a goal you actually want to achieve and not something you feel you have to do. This will definitely help with staying motivated.

We would love to hear about your New Year’s resolutions – comment below!

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