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Just Say No to New Year’s Resolutions

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BOOM! The New Year has come upon us and the opportunity to kick off 2017 with a bang is here. Most of us use this as an opportunity to hit the reset button by created New Year’s resolutions that unfortunately, more often than not, we set ourselves up for failure. I’m sure you can relate simply by reflecting on the past years…please take a minute and think about your New Year’s resolutions for 2016. How much did you get to cross off that list? Better yet, have you repeatedly listed the same resolution for more than one year? This is exactly why I do not believe in New Year’s resolutions! It’s almost a guarantee set-up for failure. This time around, I refuse to fall victim to this revolving cycle!

Rather than planning out a New Year’s resolution, create goals, timed goals to be exact. You see, with goal setting we find ourselves believing that we cannot or will not attain or accomplish certain things, but in reality, the problem is not the goal in itself, the problem is setting unrealistic timelines. No goal is too difficult to obtain but if you set unrealistic timelines, you are automatically setting yourself up to fail. One of the most commonly listed New Year’s resolutions is losing weight; 15, 20, 30 or more pounds of weight loss in one month. Now, I’m not saying that losing weight isn’t attainable but when you haven’t followed a healthy diet or exercised in over 3-6 months, going from one extreme to the other can be rather overwhelming. The chances of you reaching your weight loss goal just got harder and the chances of you sticking to your goals just got slimmer. It’s a vicious cycle.

This year, I am writing down my goals in a notebook (yes, writing keeps you more connected to your goals rather than listing them on an electronical device). I will set a list for 1-year goals, 6 month goals, 3 month goals, and 30 day goals. First thing is first, as detailed as possible write down the goals that you want to accomplish. Remember, you are creating a list. From there, categorize them under the timeline that you believe you can accomplish them. Remember, it should be a challenging yet realistic timeline. For example, you wouldn’t want to give yourself a year to lose 20 pounds, but maybe 3 months. Don’t forget to rewrite your goals daily, too. That will keep you accountable. You will find that you will be more successful in obtaining your goals and you will constantly add more to your list as you cross them off. Plan for a success, not failure. Happy New Year!

One Response to “Just Say No to New Year’s Resolutions”

  1. Bablofil says:

    Thanks, great article.