Happy New Year and Happy New You!

I hope you all had a great festive period and now all ready to get on with your new year? I have had a particularly busy new year period, on New Years Eve, I appeared on Ed Doolans Show on BBC WM followed by 2 hours filming for BBC Midlands Today running up to people in the street and asking them if they were making any resolutions and offering a bit of advice of how to achieve them. This eventually ended up as a 60 second slot! Oh well…

And today I was on with Katy Johnson on BBC H&W giving a spot of advice about how to lose weight and stop smoking (the 2 BIG resolutions).

You can listen again to the Ed Doolan and Katy Johnson on the BBC website. Somewhere. I can’t find the links right now…

Anyway, here are my top ten tips for succeeding in your resolutions, as seen in various magazines and newspapers around the country (apparently Swansea and Newcastle were very keen to run this…).

Big thank you to Clive at Ward Lovett for sorting all this out.

Matts’ Top Ten Tips for New Years Resolutions

1. Be honest
Do you really want to do it? Or are you just doing it because you think you should? If you really don’t want to do it, you won’t even manage the first step! So relax and enjoy yourself (see tip 10)

2. Be bold
Set a massive goal and really go for it. Even if you don’t succeed you will have made it much further than if you had set a mediocre target.

3. Be realistic
Set a massive goal but be realistic about how and how long it will take you. You want to lose 3 stone? You won’t do that in a week! Not sure? Seek professional advice.

4. Live the goal
Before you begin, imagine exactly what it will be like when you succeed. See it, hear it, feel it, even smell it and taste it.

5. Be positive.
State what you want not what you don’t want. If I tell you NOT to think of orange penguins, what is the first thing you think of? Your brain doesn’t deal too well with “don’t” so think what it is you really want. If you want to stop smoking for example, then why? To be healthier? Fitter? Taste your food?

6. Tell everyone
If you really mean it, tell everyone you know. The embarrassment of telling people that you have quit will keep you going!

7. Feedback
How do you know you are getting there? You need a way of testing yourself. Do it regularly.

8. Ecology check
Ecology is a fancy word for the relationship between the organism (you) and the environment. Only effect the word round you in a neutral or positive way. Want to make some money? Well you could rob a Post Office, but that is probably not the best way is it?

9. Do it with someone else
Find someone who wants to same or similar goals. Working together will keep you focused and motivated

10. Have fun
Nothing worse than aiming for some future goal and having a miserable time trying to achieve it. Ask yourself “what is the most fun way I can achieve this goal?”. Life is a journey, not a destination…

And as a bonus:

11: Get a coach!
A coach is someone who can impartially and objectively help you work through you goals and the best way to achieve them. You will set targets and be accountable to your coach for achieving them. This gives you extra motivation, knowledge and assistance which can prove to be invaluable.

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