When making a New Year’s Resolution, it can seem like a great idea at the time, however many people tend to fail at their resolution within the first month or so. The key to success usually lies in the intention or the goal. Whether your resolution is a one-off event, or a weekly activity you would like to take up, it is important to choose something you will enjoy or that will make you feel better once you have achieved it.

A new year can call for new beginnings and can be a good starting point to try something new, however there is no reason you shouldn’t dip back to your past for resolution inspiration and choose something you may have already done before. Perhaps it’s pulling out the knitting needles, dusting off the piano, or getting the golf clubs out from the back of the garage. You might be surprised at how well you have retained your skill.

Make sure your ‘resolution’ is attainable, for example it is probably best you don’t write down that you would like to climb Mt Everest when you know that it’s something you realistically couldn’t achieve.

We spoke to some of the team at Rawhiti Estate and asked what their New Year’s Resolutions were for 2020.

Helen Martelli – General Manager

“My New Year’s resolution this year is to spend more time on rest and relaxation and with friends and family.”

Lee Boddington – Receptionist

“Having not been able to train in about 18 months, my new year goal is to run a full marathon by the end of the year. Potentially the Queenstown marathon (November) if I get some sponsorship… otherwise it’ll be the Auckland marathon in October.

“In line with this, and having already started, is a healthier eating plan as the doctors have discovered I have extremely bad cholesterol levels, so we have moved to a Mediterranean diet, and will be starting the exercise and training in January.”

Megan Lewis – Village Lifestyle Coordinator

“My resolution this year is to not have a resolution! I will be busy in full mother-in-law to be/wedding planning mode!”

Resolutions often work best and come to fruition if they are achievable, measurable and relevant to you. Often people will give up because they miss a day or aren’t seeing results, however this should not deter. It can help to ask for support, and you shouldn’t be afraid to do so.

Some ideas:

  • 10-20 minutes of walking per day.
  • Write to a friend or family member every month (there is nothing quite like receiving a personal handwritten letter in the post!).
  • Take up a new hobby or craft – encourage a friend to join you.
  • Join a local book club.

A resolution doesn’t need to be tied to the New Year. So, if you can’t think of anything just yet there is always February, March, or any month for that matter! It is never too late to give something a go.