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Staying on track with your New Year's resolution

By The Southern Cross Team | 17/07/2017

We thought it helpful to share some tips and tricks to staying on the bandwagon with your goals... and what to do when things don't go according to plan. Read on for eight helpful tips to create healthy changes.

Be realistic

When it comes to setting out on a new challenge, it's easy to have high expectations of how the journey will go and how long it will take you to achieve your desired result. It's important to check in with yourself and make sure your goals are realistic, and you're not expecting overnight miracles. Discussing your goals with someone you trust is a great way to start. Which brings us to our next tip...

Have a support network

Whether you take on a challenge with a friend, join a dedicated group, or simply share your goal with your close friends and family, having a network that understands and supports what you're trying to achieve can have a hugely positive impact on your journey to success.


Visualisation is a powerful and often overlooked tool that can be used to alleviate so many challenging situations. When applying this to your journey of personal change, visualising yourself at the end of your journey (as if you've already achieved your goal) can be an inspiring and powerful motivator.

Tell yourself 'later'

When you find yourself craving your sworn-sacrificed goodies, tell yourself 'later'. Studies suggest it's easier to forget about a food or item we are craving when we tell ourselves we'll 'have it later' rather than telling ourselves we can't have it at all*.

Sleep well

Challenging times are always more difficult to deal with when we're tired, and trying times can seem all the more overwhelming. Make sure you start each day feeling fresh by getting a quality night's sleep the night before. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep every night.

Know your 'why'

Truly knowing your reasons for why you want to achieve your set goal is one of the most important steps to achieving it. Whether it's to support a local charity, to create a healthier lifestyle or otherwise - your 'why' should be compelling enough that when your pathway to success becomes challenging or uncertain, your reasons for wanting to achieve your desired results overpower the difficult times.

Don't wait until you're ready

If you hold off until you feel 100 percent ready to tackle a scary challenge, there's almost a 100 percent chance you won't start.

Let it go

Had a moment of weakness and gave in to your cravings? Let it go, you're human!

The most important thing is to get back on the bandwagon now, rather than waiting for tomorrow or starting again on Monday. Accept your wee slip, take it in your stride (it's all part of the journey) and make a better decision next time.

*'The Taming of desire: Unspecific postponement reduces desire for and consumption of postponed temptations'. Mead, Nicole L.; Patrick, Vanessa M. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 110(1), Jan 2016, 20-35.