Lately all of my patients have been asking me about how to keep their New Years Resolutions. Some of them are even frustrated by other people's resolutions! "Ugh, I can't wait until the gym clears out in February!", "My husband wants to go gluten-free... and I have no idea what to cook!!". Believe, me, you're not the only one losing steam.
According to www.statisticbrain.com the most popular New Years Resolutions are:
1. Lose Weight
2. Getting Organized
3. Spend Less, Save More
4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5. Staying Fit and Healthy
6. Learn Something Exciting
7. Quit Smoking
8. Help Others in their Dreams
9. Fall in Love
10. Spend More Time with Family
Of these, losing weight, enjoying life, staying (and getting, more often) fit and health and quitting smoking are ones that I encounter Every. Single. Day. It's inspiring, really, that so many people come through my door ready and willing to make the changes that will change their life.
By a few weeks in, however, our interest can start to fade. We get bored. We give up.
But it doesn't have to be this way!
Here are my Top 3 Tips for Making New Years Resolutions that Stick (and don't make you feel bad about yourself!):
1. Be Specific. "I'm going to lose weight" sounds good, but it doesn't give you a plan. "I'm going to lose 10 lbs by March 1st by attending hot yoga twice weekly, walking to work and replacing lattes and pop with lemon water" - now that's a plan.
2. Practice Positive Delusion. Trick your brain into believing that your goal is already the reality. Instead of saying "I'm going to go to bed earlier", change it to "I go to bed every night at 10 pm". Simple, but when our brain already believes it's true, we're more likely to make it true.
3. Announce It To The World. Telling your friends, family members and coworkers what your goals are will make you accountable... or face the embarrassment of public failure!
Because I love you and want you to succeed I'm inviting you to set up a time to chat with me about your health goals. Identifying the first steps of a bigger picture make all the difference.
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Dr. Keila Roesner is a Naturopathic Doctor. When not treating patients she is also an enthusiastic barefoot-strolling, music-loving, yoga-doing kitchen wiz - who also happens to be a wrestling fan.