Happy New Years!

Typically New Year’s resolutions involve making a decision to take control of some part of our lives that we aren’t happy with.  For many people this may involve stopping smoking, losing weight, becoming more physically active or other changes that can improve their health.  Below are some things that you can do to increase your chance of being one of the 10% of people who succeed in meeting their goal at the end of the year:

  • Make one goal
  • Get specific with your goal – break it up into steps
  • Don’t do it alone – get an accountability partner, tell your friends/family what you are doing, join a group or work with your doctor.
  • Write down your plan
  • Recognize small achievements along the way – reward yourself in some way
  • Remember it’s a marathon – not a sprint.  You want to make a change and make it stick – not just succeed initially and then go back to prior patterns.
  • Learn from your mistakes – look at what led up to your getting off track and adjust course accordingly – beating your self up or giving up doesn’t change what happened but will decrease your chance of success.

People are more likely to struggle with sticking to their healthy plans if they are lonely, hungry, angry or tired.  Recognize these as high risk situations and developing plans of how to deal with these situations in advance can help increase success rates!

Below is a video I found that reviews goal setting.  I will be writing a few more blogs over the next month addressing tools that people use to meet some of the more common goals.  I’m looking forward to helping you meet your health goals!  Here’s to a great 2018!

 

***Note *** This post, like all my other posts, is for general medical information only and is not to be taken as direct advice.  Please consult your personal physician for more information.

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