Ahhh…it is that time of the year again. People are setting goals and plans to attain them for the new year. Roughly 44% of Americans make new year’s resolutions. Approximately 8% achieve those lofty goals. That doesn’t sound very good, but take heart, people who make resolutions and at least strive toward them are 10 times more likely to attain goals than those who don’t make resolutions at all. In fact, successful people in all areas of life are focused on making goals and detailed plans on how to achieve them.
There is something to be said for making resolutions, but what makes for success or failure in this area for so many people? The surest way to set yourselves up for failure is to make unrealistically high goals. Paired with that is not thinking through a means by which to attain the goals. Along with setting the goals, those who attain success also make a detailed plan on how to get there.
For example, if you desire to lose weight, and perhaps your doctor has said that you need to lose 50 lbs. to be in a healthier range. Talk with your doctor and health professionals about a realistic amount to lose over the course of a month, then multiply that by 12 to come up with an attainable resolution for a year of weight loss.
If the monthly weight loss needed to lose 50lbs is just not attainable (4.16 lbs./month), you are more likely to throw in the towel completely, whereas losing 3.33 lbs./month will result in loss of 40 lbs. over the year and more realistic for you, and ultimately, more successful. And who knows, as you come to the close of 2017, you just may be on track to so many successful health changes in your life that you will hit the 50-lb. mark!
In addition to the monthly weight loss goal, think through your diet as well as your weekly exercise habits. Detail for yourself the gradual changes you can make in both those areas. Don’t try to make those changes at once.
If you have been practicing bad habits for years, it takes a bit of time to change those. Don’t set yourself up for failure and expect to cut out refined sugars, do a drastic calorie restriction, and remove all your favorite foods in the first week or two. Instead, identify those areas that are contributing to your extra weight and plan to change one a week. Note your success as you go along and you will be encouraged to keep moving forward.
Keep your weekly actions toward your resolutions gradual and consistent and you will see greater success with the big picture.
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