Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions…All Year!
Most of us are guilty of making New Year’s resolutions only to find that by the middle of January we have already reverted back to our old habits. It has been reported that nearly 9 in 10 resolutions are never realized. Also, people who don’t stick with the resolutions they made on January 1st often suffer from feelings of disappointment and failure. Which prompts the question: Are New Year’s resolutions all they are cracked up to be?
If you are intent on making a list of resolutions this year, try following a few of these suggestions so you don’t make promises you can’t keep.
Limit the number of resolutions you will make! Don’t promise yourself to lose five dress sizes by 2014. Instead, resolve to exercise three times a week, or replace dessert with fruit. Changing one behavior at a time means you won’t get overwhelmed with the thought that you must re-evaluate everything in your life. Choose behaviour that you can actually influence, rather than outcomes that are uncertain.
Share your thoughts with trusted family and friends. If weight loss is your goal, maybe there is someone who wants to lose weight as well and will work out with you. Try framing your resolution in terms of ‘being healthier by working out three times a week’ rather than a weight loss number. Or maybe you have a friend who knows a financial planner who can help you with your goal of lessening your debt if that is your resolution. Perhaps borrow a book on the subject from your local library and educate yourself. Brainstorm about different ways of reaching the same goal to improve your chances for success.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
If for some reason you devour food that is not on your diet, don’t despair. Remember, there is no such thing as perfection. Everyone has problems or setbacks at some point: the key is to get back up and start again. Recover from your mistake and get back on track.
Ask For Help
If you feel overwhelmed and unsure about how to make your resolutions work, ask for help. Meet with a professional, such as a nutritionist, if you don’t know how to change your diet. Whatever your goals for 2014, if you decide that making New Year’s resolutions will help keep you focussed, then try wording your resolutions in a way that allow you to be human and make mistakes. Otherwise, you may end up feeling discouraged and give up on those hopes and dreams for the New Year.