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The best New Year’s Resolutions start in February

Published on February 3, 2016 2:38 pm, by

January is over and for 40% of us who made one, the New Year’s resolution has gone out the window.  Kudos to you if you’re one of the 60% who has achieved or is on the way to achieving your goal. 

January is a tough time to break old bad habits and create new good ones.  With holidays continuing in to the month for many, kids on a break from school and Australia Day lurking at the end of the month it’s no wonder people fail or simply set their goals aside.

February is a much better time for New Year’s Resolutions.  If like me you lasted 10 days and chucked that bottle of wine in the freezer, don’t worry.  It’s a great time to make a new commitment.  Or remake an old one.

Let’s be real – sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s not.  So if you missed out first time around, now’s your chance.

How do I focus?

One thing I’ve learnt from my many years of battling an extra 5 kilos, is that it’s not about short term fixes, it’s about a way of life.  So many clichés to suit the situation, but I’ll go with an old time favourite.  It’s not if you fall off the bike/horse/wagon, it’s whether you hop back on it.

Now is the time to take a deep breath and think about what you really want to achieve this year.  For drinkers Feb Fast is gaining popularity.  People are avoiding alcohol for the month to clear their head, recoup from the overindulgences of the last two months and put themselves in a good space physically and mentally for the rest of the year.

I did some overspending during December and January, so that’s my focus.  What’s yours?

Set yourself a goal.  Think about it.  What steps to you need to take to achieve it?  Write it down.  Tell your friends!

What now?

Health and wellbeing is about more than just your physical health.  It’s about your mental health too.  When you’re setting your goal, take a minute to think about your mental wellbeing.  Is there a goal you can make to increase your peace of mind?

For now set your goals and stay tuned for tomorrow’s update on achieving your New New Year’s Resolution.

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Jen is an experienced banking professional who loves wine, coffee, finding a bargain and of course her three beautiful children. Since Jen's first budget led her to buy a home at 20, Jen has passionately helped others to make better decisions with their money.

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