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January is almost over… how are your resolutions going?

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Starting off the New Year with good intentions is great but, let’s face it, life gets in the way. We’re busy. The days are short. It’s chilly and damp. Maybe you caught the flu.

The good news is it is never too late for a reboot. It is far more effective to think of “resolutions” as small continuous changes than big, sweeping all or nothing declarations. Here are 5 practical steps to help you do that.

5 Tips to Reboot Your New Year’s Resolutions

  • Use goals to change habits: The problem with goals is once you reach them, you tend to lose motivation. Think of them as tools to promote habit change instead. For example, a 30-day yoga challenge is a goal you can use to get in the habit of regular practice.
  • Bite off what you can chew: It is better to be realistic and successful than make huge resolutions and set yourself up to fail. Start with, say, 3 yoga classes a week. Once that’s a habit you can always add another!
  • Adjust your perspective: It’s normal to slip up, or not tick everything off the list. Instead of seeing this as a failure note what circumstances are particularly challenging and make the changes you need to overcome them.
  • Take notes:  Make a list of resolutions and for each one write steps that will help you fulfill it, and why it is important to you. If your resolution is to try a new yoga class every month make a list of classes to check out, including times and dates. And write down why you’re doing it, e.g. to learn new postures, challenge yourself, or connect with new people.
  • Just do it: Putting things off is easy to do and a hard habit to break. If you feel yourself sliding into procrastination take small steps towards your goal. Can’t make it to the studio? Do 30 minutes of self-practice at home. Never put off doing something just because you can’t do everything!

What are your tips for sticking to New Year’s resolution?