It may be hard to believe, but 2015 is here; a bright, shiny, New Year…filled with promise and possibilities. Many people start the New Year making a New Year’s resolution; with firm determination to accomplish something meaningful in the coming year.
Over the years, I have come to the realization that setting one large goal when it comes to New Year’s resolutions may be a recipe to fail. Proclaiming one major resolution like “I will lose 50 pounds this year” or “I will quit smoking” or “I will lose enough weight to fit in my favorite jeans…from high school” may set up an “all or nothing” mindset.
Even if you cut your smoking in half, but don’t quit all together, you may feel as if you failed. If you lose 35 pounds, but not 50, it may feel like a defeat. If you drop two jean sizes but can’t quite squeeze into your high school jean size, you may give up and revert to your previous pattern. In other words, if your resolution is too large, too unspecific, or if you haven’t thought it through, there is a good chance that your resolution will not come to pass.
If you set one very broad goal without a plan to achieve it, you may quickly lose focus. If the resolution is too lofty, too general, too “all or nothing” it may become overwhelming to actually reach the goal.
But, if you take the time to list a series of small tasks that would eventually add up to your goal, you may be surprised to find that at the end of 2015, you have reached your goal.
And even if it turns out that you accomplish some, but not all, of the steps.. the end of the year will find you closer to reaching your goal.
It’s said that each January, one out of every three Americans make a New Year’s resolution. 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week and only 40% of these people are still on target six months later. I contend that if big resolutions were broken into a series of small steps, a greater percentage of people would be successful in reaching or getting closer to their goals.
When you take the time to devise steps to reach a goal, you must figure out a path to your destination. You will have a plan, you will have set up the small steps that can get you there.
Here’s an example of a series of small steps that, if taken, can lead to appreciable weight loss:
___ Select a diet program that suits your lifestyle.
___Get very familiar with the program before you begin the plan
___Come up with sample menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
___Make a grocery list that matches your menus
___ Select a type of exercise that suits your lifestyle.
___Increase physical activity for at least 30 minutes over and above your usual activity
___Drink at least 64 ounces water or decaf fluid daily
___Take a multivitamin daily
___Keep a daily food log
___Keep a daily exercise log
___Get an initial weight and body measurements and repeat on a weekly basis.
___Enlist a friend, family member, or group to support your efforts
This year, instead of the usual off the cuff resolution to lose weight or quit smoking or go to the gym every day …give your resolution some real thought and planning. Figure out what you are willing and able to do to reach that goal. One step at a time, one day at a time, you will be taking small steps to reach a meaningful goal. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2015.
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