The tradition this time of year as we close out one year and move on to the next is to make New Year’s resolutions. But, think back…how has that worked out for you in the past?
The problem is that although most of us approach this process with good intentions, more often than not, those resolutions are broken by February and we fall back into old habits. We often try to make drastic changes saying we will not ever eat this or that again or making the goal of going from not exercising at all to running 3 miles a day 5 days a week. Changing drastically does not work long term for most people.
Making goals is great and a must when thinking about changing habits and lifestyle. The key is to be smart about the goals you set and make sure they are realistic and doable long term. The most successful “changers” who are able to make REAL changes and stick with them do so gradually over time by making little changes week by week.
Need help making REAL lasting changes and making a positive impact on your health check out this presentation I created for BodyTrac Health & Fitness: Skip the Resolutions and Make Real Change in 2014 The very first and most important step in making change is to determine if you are truly ready to do what it takes, even gradually, to reach your goals. Work through this quick questionnaire to determine if you are ready: Are You Ready PDF
If weight loss and changing your eating and exercise habits is your goal, take a few minutes and work through this: Goal_Setting_Exercise PDF . Having written, set goals will increase your chances of success.
Don’t wait! Use the motivation you feel starting this new year to make changes that last. So often I hear from clients that they know what to do, but just don’t do it. Many just need accountability and a little motivation to get started in the right direction.
Let me help you be successful in 2014! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.