Personal Development

You’ve set the goals, here’s how to make them succeed

New Year is a time that many of us start to look at our lifestyle choices and make plans to introduce healthier habits or life changes and of course, set goals for ourselves and our businesses.

So we’ve got some tips to help you stick to those goals from the leader of a business that is focused on helping people change negative habits into positive behaviour – Allen Carr’s Easyway.

Allen Carr is world famous for his stop-smoking techniques and Easyway has proved to be the most successful stop-smoking method of all time, curing an estimated 30 million people worldwide. Michael McIntyre, Richard Branson, Chrissie Hynde, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ellen DeGeneres, Lou Reed and Anjelica Huston are some of its long-term supporters.

Now, the addiction experts at Easyway have successfully applied the method to other areas including e-cigarettes, alcohol, weight, drugs, sugar, caffeine, anxiety, debt, gambling and fear of flying – all habits or problems that people will look to change in 2019. 

Top techniques for sticking to resolutions

John Dicey, Global CEO of Allen Carr’s Easyway, offers his tips to help you stick to your resolutions: 

1. Make only one resolution, two at most. Sometimes we’re so determined for a fresh start in the New Year we end up biting off far more than we can chew. Packing in the fags, quitting drinking, going to the gym every day, going on a diet, putting away some savings, spending less time watching TV or gaming all seem like good ideas at the time – but try to handle them all in January and they’ll falling by the wayside faster than the needles on your dried out Christmas tree.

2. Whatever your New Year’s Resolution is – write it down. Highlight the massive advantages that success will bring. Explore every angle of success and make a note of it. Whatever your resolution is – if it’s worth achieving – you should have at least 4 or 5 bullet points that won’t fail to make you smile.

3. Rather than starting off with a feeling of doom and gloom – focus on those upsides that you’ve written down and enjoy them from the moment you embark on your resolution. Don’t wait until you start noticing them. If you won a holiday of a lifetime – but had to wait until May before you went away on it – you wouldn’t wait until May to start feeling good about it would you? Of course not. Enjoy your new life, right from the start.

4. Do it for yourself. It’s tempting to decide to quit smoking, lose weight, or cut down on your drinking for the sake of your partner or of your kids. Don’t do it. An argument with them or a rough day of kids or your partner squabbling, and that motivation becomes a little less strong as the temptation to cave in and declare, in true drama queen style “Now look what you’ve made me do” as you light a fag or rip open a box of Milk Tray. Make your resolution for yourself – for one simple reason; that you’ll enjoy your year so much more as a result of sticking with it.

5. It’s not “all or bust”. If you end up falling down, eating those apparently irresistible cookies that someone left out, or missing your trip to the gym after a hard day at work – don’t beat yourself up. You haven’t committed a crime, you just slipped up, that’s all. Pick yourself up, brush yourself off, focus on your highlights list and feel good about yourself.