As the year arrives at an end, it flags the start of another one. Numerous individuals take a gander at this as an analogy for change. What might you want to change in the coming year? Is it true that you will make “Resolutions” like every other person? Have you made goals previously, just to find that you didn’t or couldn’t accomplish them? Been there, done that. It doesn’t work. This year, we resolve not to make any Resolutions.
We as a whole begin the year with the best goals. Get thinner. Oversee pressure better. Exercise more. Set aside extra cash. Enhance our connections. Sound commonplace?
So why, by February first, have we slipped once more into our old propensities?
When you make a resolution, it’s normally an expansive, over-achieving objective. Shed 30 pounds. How might you be required to shed 30 pounds as fast as you need to, particularly when it didn’t get put on medium-term? Huge objectives with no course of action rises to enormous disappointment. Also, when we come up short, we beat ourselves up over it. After numerous long stretches of setting up unattainable goals, and neglecting to accomplish them, we’ve marked ourselves as disappointments and accordingly have little seek after really succeeding when we set out to attempt once more. We hope to fall flat.
Another reason we are bound to disappointment is that we are extremely anxious. We need results and we need it NOW! That is typical for a general public of moment satisfaction. Along these lines, hanging tight for results is extremely troublesome.
The arrangement? Take it gradually, be patient, and break those elevated objectives into littler, increasingly feasible objectives. Attempt our “Objective Daily” challenge.
You need to make changes that will last. This year will be extraordinary. You will succeed.
Tools To Succeed
Give yourself specific directions. Vague resolutions like “Lose weight” are doomed for failure. How are you going to do it? How many pounds? Over what time period? Do not give yourself too many options. Set very focused goals, like “I will eat breakfast everyday,” “Walk 20 minutes at lunchtime everyday,” or “Only one glass of wine at dinner.”
Give yourself inspiration. If your goal is to increase your strength, then find a picture of yourself when you were in better shape and tape it to the refrigerator as motivation. Make the inspiration reasonable – don’t put a picture of an elite athlete as your screen saver or you will set yourself up for frustration.
Get yourself and keep yourself motivated. Take a look at the larger goal (Losing weight). Now break it down into little, attainable goals (bring lunch to work everyday, drink 8 oz. water first thing in the morning, have produce at every mini meal)
Make your environments supportive of your goals. Your home and work/school are the two environments that you spend the most time in, so make sure they support the healthy changes you are trying to make. Get rid of your trigger foods and stock the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry full of fruit, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, beans, and lean protein. If you know you always crave sweets at 3 p.m., then have a healthy snack of some sweet berries and a protein, like Greek yogurt, to satisfy your craving and keep your hunger in check. Other environments, like social, travel, and commuting are also situations in which you can make changes to keep you successful. If you know you’re going out for dinner, look at the restaurant menu on-line before you go out and decide what you’ll be ordering. Also, having a light and healthy snack before you go out to eat or to a party will help you from making a poor food decision or overeating.
Remember, change doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process that takes time. You may occasionally fail or have a set-back. That’s ok and you should even expect that to happen. It’s how you deal with that set-back. Accept it, own it, figure out why it happened, and what you can do to prevent it from happening again in the future. By taking the time to assess your progress – what’s working and what’s not – you will be able to make the necessary changes to allow you to be successful in achieving your health and wellness goals.