The Shuttlefish take on New Year’s resolutions

Do you have a New Year’s resolution? Here at Shuttlefish, some of us have a few in mind, which are mainly health-related – we love a challenge but are we putting too much stress on ourselves and setting ourselves up to fail?

Instead of saying you should do this and you should do that, how about you say you intend to do something? We think this makes it more achievable and an aspiration, rather than a punishment. It’s all about being in the right frame of mind and actually wanting to achieve the goal you’ve set yourself rather than just coming up with a standard resolution as a box-ticking exercise.

Most New Year’s resolutions centre on going on a health kick, be it cutting down on smoking and drinking (or even going cold turkey!) or limiting the rubbish in our diets and hitting the gym hard. Shuttlefishers included.

Apparently – and unsurprisingly – more than half of all resolutions fail, but how do you make sure you’re on the right side of that statistic? Well we have a few ideas to help keep you on the straight and narrow from now and into spring, summer and beyond.

Start by picking an achievable goal. If you say you’re going to do something unattainable, you’ll lose heart and give up before you’ve even started. Save yourself the stress by thinking about what you want to achieve and how you can get there, then take the bull by the horns and smash that challenge. With most resolutions, you’re completely in control and your success is in your hands.

Many people often set too many goals – if you have four or five resolutions in mind, think about whether you can really keep it up and genuinely think you can achieve all of them. If you think it could quite quickly become overwhelming, there’s a chance you may not achieve any of them whereas if you select the one that’s most important to you, you’re much more likely to be successful.

If you slip up, don’t punish yourself – just draw a line under it and go again. You’re still doing better than you were before you started trying to reach your goal, right? And why not split your long-term goal into manageable chunks so you can measure your progress as you go?

If you haven’t picked a resolution yet for 2019, it’s not too late to start now – we’re only a week in so you still have 51 weeks left to reach that goal, lose the weight that’s slowly crept on the past few years, finally quit smoking for good, start up your own business or run that half-marathon that you said you would do last year, it’s your year to make into whatever you want to. Even if it’s as simple as being happy. So, finish this sentence – 2019 is the year that I will ____________. Now go for it.

Good luck!