Sticking to New Year’s Resolutions
November 30th, 2012 645 post views
A New Year is a new opportunity to discover the benefits of chiropractic
I was trying to find some inspiration for my next blog article when I stumbled upon a very lovely anti-smoking video, which I shared on our Facebook page, and it got me to thinking about New Year’s resolutions. (For those of you who haven’t seen it, visit our facebook page and take a look.)
Why do we make New Year’s resolutions? Well, of course, it is the idea of new beginnings, starting afresh, doing something we have always wanted to do or just feel that we ought. December and Christmas are often times when we succumb to overindulging, stress, financial strain or illness. With such upheaval in our daily routines, it’s no surprise that resolutions are so popular in January, as people seek to bring order and structure to their lives.
I wonder how many of us make them? Perhaps more importantly how many of us succeed? Undoubtedly, if we think hard enough we all have something we would like to improve in our lives.
Here are some of the more common ones: (Any of them ring a bell with you?)
- Spend more time with friends and family
- Get fitter
- Quit smoking
- Lose weight
- Enjoy life more/be less stressed
- Cut back on alcohol
- Learn something new
- Get organised
- Do some charity work/help others
- Save money for….
- Get more sleep
So off we go, ready to take advantage of the New Year, our renewed enthusiasm and commitment to do whatever it is we want to achieve. It’s fantastic!!
But ask the same people six weeks later how many of them are still on track or have achieved what they set out to do and that sense of enthusiasm has, more often than not, dried up. That’s not to say that resolutions shouldn’t be made or cannot work, merely that it takes a focused mind and a genuine commitment to make them stick.
Here are a few tips for staying on track with your New Year’s resolutions that can help keep us on track. Common sense maybe; but definitely worth a thought.
Number one has to be, “Decide on what it is you want to achieve.” It is obvious really BUT be truthful. Do you really want it? DO YOU REALLY WANT IT? Yes? How much??
That’s important because if you don’t want it, you won’t achieve it. In fact, you’ll feel bad about yourself and would have been better not starting in the first place, or rather picking something else.
Before jumping into a resolution, take the time to think things through. Then set realistic targets and ensure that you are doing it for the right reasons. Are you doing it for yourself? Your family? Why will things be better for you once you reach your goal. Once you have figured this out, write it down so that you have it clear in your mind. Maybe even visualise what it will be like when you get there. Have these thoughts close to stop you being pushed off path. Enrol a friend, family member or colleague to help, nominate them as your Mr (or Mrs) Motivator!!
So you know what you want and you know why. Now be specific.
Be realistic and start with small achievable steps as you get things going. You may wish to write down daily or weekly targets for yourself to make that larger goal more achievable. Apparently putting it in ink gives a head start to reaching any goal, so what have you got to lose?
Here’s an example of how you can make it possible to achieve a weight-loss goal:
January – Find a support group to go to or a friend to share target
February – Walk for thirty minutes a day whilst deciding what other sort of exercise you enjoy, and so on.
Remember: things do not happen overnight and you don’t have to go for the jackpot all at once. Take small steps and make sure you achieve those manageable goals before moving on to the next target. And don’t forget to congratulate yourself when you do well.
Finally, have a plan to predict and beat those obstacles that might get in the way. It’s often not the setbacks that are the problem; it’s using a setback as an excuse to give up that causes people to fail. If you are setting yourself a new diet plan, for example, cheat days are fine as long as you back them up with another week of careful eating.
So then, New Year’s Resolutions anyone? What is it you want? Time to get a bit healthier??
Enjoy the picture and enjoy planning a better you!
“If you do what you always do, you’ll get what you always got.”
If you are interested in what chiropractic may be able to do for you then have a look at our website.