The Secret to Successful New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year brings many unknowns, but it also brings a lot of constants. People everywhere reflect on the blessings and instances they were forced to grow over the past 365 days, as well as feel anticipation for what lies ahead the coming year. Many of these things are looked forward to, such as weddings, new jobs, or new additions to the family (furry or baby). And then there are the partly-inspired-mostly-guilted-into New Year’s Resolutions. Why is it that gyms tend to get less crowded as February and March roll around? Why do January’s hopes look bleak by the time the grass makes its first appearance of the spring? There are 3 key flaws that are commonly made with New Years resolutions falling short of their goals:

  1. Too vague. Any attainable goal not only needs to be written down, but it needs to be specific. Listing out exactly what steps need to be taken and when make it easier to stick to. “Running a marathon” (or 5K) likely won’t happen until you sign up for one and follow a specific training plan each week leading up to it with set goal distances you are planning on running. “Eating healthier” is a nice vision, but it doesn’t work very well unless you plan ahead and write out meals and the shopping lists to go along with them. Envision your goals and write them down exactly as you will accomplish them.
  2. Unrealistic. Don’t put the pressure on yourself to drop a high percentage of body weight in a short amount of time or lift twice your weight when you don’t even know where the gym is. Not only are lofty goals harder to obtain, but they may cause you to go about unhealthy routes to obtain them. The danger in goals too tough is that the higher likelihood of failure will cause you to more easily lose faith in yourself and what you’re aiming for. Set smaller short term goals as stepping stones to get to your ultimate destination. Think about what your starting point is. You CAN do it-you just need to give yourself a fighting chance to get there.
  3. Based on willpower, not systems. The quote “You can do anything you set your mind to” should’ve come along with a disclaimer. Along with the will, you need to have the systems in place to get there. This can be set up by following the first two points in ensuring you are specific and realistic enough to have a successful system. It is your system that will pick up the slack those moments the “will” is hard to come by-when the alarm clock goes off too early in the morning or when you’re tired and sticking a frozen pizza in the oven seems much easier than taking a few extra minutes to prepare a healthy meal. Stick to your plan you’ve put together in fine detail that is tailored to your life and goals.

Make some positive changes this year. Make them specific. Make them attainable. Accompany your drive and determination with a system to get you there. And feel empowered by your ability to set a goal and successfully stick to it throughout 2016.

Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year from Eldora Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center!

Yours in health,

Dr. Emily

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