Don’t be a quitter or one of 5,000,000 Brits who give up their New Year’s Resolutions* ‘
The Roger Black Fitness Guide to Keeping Your New Year’s ReSOLUTIONs’
Let’s face it, New Year 2021 has been different to most previous years during our lifetime. Covid-19 has changed the way many people think, behave, exercise, live and work, taking the office, pencil case and yoga mat into our living rooms, terraces (weather-permitting) and loft annexes.
Despite the universal wake-up call that the Coronavirus pandemic has generated, the challenge of maintaining a routine and being disciplined remains the same, regardless of the time of year. We all need to step up if we want to see any sort of physical, mental, financial or emotional benefits, so how and why should we make and stick to New Year’s Resolutions?
ARE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS EFFECTIVE?
For some of us, a resolution on any day of the year can be a positive step forward towards change. Based on most research and findings though, most New Year’s resolutions fail in the longer term, despite any short-term gain that might be seen in the first few weeks of January. Based on most research, consistency is key when trying to incorporate new health and lifestyle habits into your life. There is no quick fix to long-term wellness.
WHAT PERCENTAGE OF NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FAIL?
According to varied research sources on the internet, most New Year’s resolutions fail and have a limited lifespan. Ranging from 8%* of people in the US who stick to resolutions to the five million Brits who quit by week three of January, setting a goal without being motivated or inspired to do so is a bit like an ‘own goal’.
According to the late, great personal development coach, Jim Rohn:
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going”
Repeat this a few times and allow it to sink in.
TIP 1 >>WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?
Roger Black, the founder of Roger Black Fitness and retired British Olympian, also teaches motivational training to corporates throughout the UK, together with fellow Olympian, Steve Backley. According to Roger:
“Motivation is the starting; the getting off your behind and believing that you want to achieve something. I would always recommend that you write down your goals – make them realistic and achievable and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. With so many people giving up on resolutions each year, there surely must be a simpler solution? Every day can be New Year’s Day for your body or mind, you don’t need a calendar to tell you what you need to do!”
TIP 2 >>HOW MANY DAYS DOES IT TAKE TO FORM A HABIT?
When it comes to habits and how long it takes to form them, Roger refers back to his Olympic career:
“When you are training daily for one specific Olympic goal, every hour of committed training or learning must become habitual. You need to become absolutely focused and resolute in your approach, as well as completely disciplined and clear-thinking. There are lots of different statistics online about how long it takes to form a habit. I would challenge this and just keep it simple. Great habits are and can be formed on a daily basis.
“When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions, you simply use the same theory but can tone it down a bit. It is the same principle simply with different details and outcomes. If you want to get fit or lose a bit of weight, commit to it and understand that there is no quick fix to any sort of success in life. You have to put the hours in, not just during January,” added the Roger Black Fitness founder.
So how do you maintain your enthusiasm and resolutions during January and beyond?
Roger Black Fitness has come up with a SOLUTION for you:
S Set your goals down on paper or on a white board under different headings
O Outline what you want to achieve, why and by when
L Learn and do your homework, researching how you can achieve your goals
U Understand that results don’t happen overnight through a pill or miracle cure
T Train your mind and your body at the same time to enjoy your new routine
I Invest in yourself and build your confidence and wellbeing
O Observe how you feel, look and think as you build upon your programme
N Never give up – if you fall off the wagon one day, climb back on the next day
In some strange way, might we look back and be grateful to the world wakeup call that has been Covid? Perhaps the lessons we have learnt during Lockdown and beyond can be transferred into our everyday lives through a solution-led approach to changing our life, with less pressure being assigned to January 1st each year. Only time will tell.
*Source: Scranton University, USA