This October, thousands of smokers will try to switch from cigarettes for a month. Whether you want to switch to e-cigs or learn something new and amazing, here are some tips to help you break through “the wall” and reach your goal.
Sinners are winners
If your goal involves doing less of something, try upping your game with another sin. So if you’re trying to eat healthier, balance out less gluttony with extra afternoon delight (lust). If your goal is to drink a little less, ramp up your pride levels. Send selfies of your hill climbing exploits to your hung-over friends. Leave out empties of alcohol-free beer for your other half to clean up (that’s sloth ticked off too).
The yin-yang approach also works if you’re resolved to do more of something. Say you want to help your local community. Level out that altruism with extra wrath. Be that girl who screams “track back!” at hockey. Or the hero who shouts at angry cyclists.
Seize the day
It’s great to have long term goals, but you need a little day-to-day encouragement to get there. So if you want to travel more, swap that hour of telly with recon of places you want to visit. Trying to spend less money? Plot what you’ll do with all that extra cash. Getting a six pack for your holiday? Celebrate each pound you lose with some guilty-pleasure TV with flat-ab stars. Say Miami Vice.
Share the love
Some goals work better with other people. Getting fit? Take the pain out the gym and join a spin-class instead. Learning a language? Mix up free language software like DuoLingo with actual classes and real people. Cutting down on alcohol? Set up a sports game with other fresh-faced friends – first thing Saturday morning when you’re usually moping about with a hangover. Want to volunteer? Sites such as Do It will help you get in touch with other enthusiasts.
Get creative with your goals
Ever noticed the same goals crop up again and again? Lose weight, save money, stress less… A fortune cookie approach to resolutions can be prove just as empty and ill-fated. But if you get creative with your goal – and make it your own – you’re more likely to stick by it.
So instead of losing weight, drop a jean size. Don’t do good: build a skate park. Why eat healthy when you can host dinner parties and show off your healthy recipes? Make your goal your own and you might find you’re not just getting by; you’re actually enjoying it.
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