So you’ve come up with some new year’s resolutions. This year they could the same as the last or they could be new. Regardless of this, New Year’s Resolutions tend to be focused on being a better you; fitter, healthier, thinner…so how do you keep this year’s resolution?
Here are some tips to push you through and get you attaining your goal
1. Be honest about how long this resolution will take.
If you would like to lose 10kg, it’s not going to happen in a week or two. In fact, it may take many months. If you attach an honest plan to your new year’s resolution, you can avoid disappointment as well as be focused on achieving your goal gradually, so that it sees you through to the other side.
2. Split your goal into smaller goals
Keeping with the same example of losing 10kg, if you set out to lose 2 kg with a change in diet for the first 2 weeks, and then proceed to looking at increasing physical activity the following week, the New Year’s resolution has a plan. By making smaller, attainable goals you avoid feeling like a failure if you don’t achieve them and smaller goals will increase your chances of keeping at it.
3. Do you need support to attain your goal?
Most of our goals in life are achieved when we have a support network of people around us to assist us through our journey. New Year’s resolutions are no different. Ask for assistance from people that have accomplished similar goals to yours and if needed ask a qualified person to inform you of strategies you can do to help you fulfill this resolution.
It’s human nature to doubt your ability and give up at a crucial turning point in this process. If you have someone you are accountable to or someone to understand the transition you are facing with the doubts that come with it, you are more likely to be guided through it easier than if you were alone. Completing difficult tasks improve your confidence and self-belief which will drive you further into accomplishing your resolution.
4. Are you ready for change?
This is an important factor to being successful in your resolution. What is the motivation to your resolution? Who are you doing this for? Are you ready for what’s needed to accomplish this resolution? These questions are important to answer because New Year’s resolutions are usually big issues in your life you wish to resolve. If the motivation behind them isn’t authentic , then it definitely won’t be accomplished. For example, are you giving up smoking because you want to be healthier? Or are you giving up smoking because your loved ones are concerned for you? Or society tells you to give up smoking?
Psychologically, creating a goal that you truly don’t want and may ultimately lead to your inability to accomplish, will impact on your self-esteem. Often if we fail we lose confidence, so if you have set yourself up to fail before you have started, you are unlikely to try again or even worse, when you are ready you may think you can’t do it.
So, before choosing your resolution, ensure your motivation behind it is you wanting change rather than someone else telling you to change.
5. Failure is not the end of the world
Finally we come to what happens if you do fail? Failure is not a bad thing, I know it carries a negative feeling to it but it is very common to fail many times before you achieve success. So if you do struggle to accomplish this resolution, look at what you did well. Understand why you did find it difficult and identify your weaknesses. Next time you try, you will be able to identify what different approach you should take and where you will need a helping hand to get through the more challenging moments.
Consider these points when coming up with your New Year’s resolutions and remember to always look at fun ways of making changes in your life, surround yourself with positive people and be kind to yourself by avoiding negative people and negative thoughts. I hope 2014 is a great year of growth and great health with many more steps forward than steps back.
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ABOUT THE WRITER:
Dr Irene Prantalos is a doctor in Chinese medicine specialising in psoriasis, an author and an ex psoriasis sufferer. Irene is passionate about showing patients how they can contribute to their own health, comfort and ultimately confidence.
Dr Irene Prantalos
Salubre Health Solutions
494 Whitehorse Rd
Surrey Hills VIC
03 9888 4129
***Article from Ultimate You Magazine Decemeber 2013 issue***