The start of the year is the perfect time to reflect upon your life goals. As you look back at the past year, you might also ask yourself if you achieved all of your resolutions. If you did, that’s amazing, well done.
However, if you are like most people, you may have ended the past year with a nagging sense of regret, as you failed to achieve several important resolutions. If that applies to you, don’t feel too bad — it turns out that succeeding at a new year’s resolution is very difficult.
In this post, our Stoke chiropractor explains why achieving your resolutions is so hard then offers tips on how to succeed.
Our Stoke Chiro Explains Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail?
Resolutions That Aren’t Specific Enough
If you have non-specific resolutions like ‘lose weight’ or ‘exercise more’ you are setting yourself up for failure. These types of resolutions lack a process for success including lifestyle changes, goals, and techniques for staying motivated.
It’s better to create a resolution with a tangible goal and a method for achieving it. For example, instead of ‘Get fit’ you could use a resolution like: “I will be able to jog 10 km without stopping by June 1st 2021. To get there, I will run 5 times a week (mornings), increasing my average running distance by 5% per week”.
Rush Into The Resolution
It’s easy to get excited when making new year’s resolutions as you are envisioning yourself as someone who is more successful, healthier, and happier. However, it’s important to understand that successfully achieving your resolutions is a marathon, not a race.
If you make dramatic changes in an effort to reach your resolution, it may backfire. Instead, make gradual adjustments and try to form habits which push you towards reaching your goal. This will help you avoid common mistakes like overdoing exercise or making unsustainable changes to your diet. Our chiropractors in Stoke on Trent frequently advise patients on ways to make gradual lifestyle changes to improve their health. If you’re resolution for 2021 is to be healthier then our chiropractors are here to help you.
The Resolutions Not Relevant To Your life
Resolutions that don’t positively impact your day-to-day life will be more difficult to achieve or maintain. For example, the common resolution of ‘learning a new language’ is difficult to achieve unless it is attached to another milestone which impacts your life, like traveling to the country where it is spoken.
Over Planning Of Resolutions
Having a plan will help you achieve your new year’s resolutions. However, you may fail to achieve your resolutions if you become fixated with planning. Instead of focussing on the plan, take action early on to achieve tangible results that increase momentum and improve motivation.
You Don’t Enjoy Your Resolutions
It’s difficult to succeed at a resolution that you find painful. Take losing weight for example. If you think dieting is stressful and exercise is a chore, it will be very hard to succeed in the long run.
The solution is to find techniques which make achieving your resolution enjoyable. So, if you intend to lose weight, you could talk to a nutritionist to find healthy meals that you actually enjoy. You could exercise with friends or play a sport you love instead of working out on a treadmill for hours. Once you find enjoyment in the process, your chances of succeeding will be much higher.
How To Create Successful Resolutions
So, now that we know a few of the issues that cause resolutions to fail, how do we make them succeed? It’s actually a simple process:
- Focus On Resolutions That Will Change Your Life
Think big and look for resolutions which will have a significant impact on the quality of your life. You can then break down these large goals into a series of smaller goals.
- Set SMART goals
SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound. Having these types of goals makes it easier to remain motivated, track your progress, and eventually achieve your resolution. Read this short guide on how to use SMART goals.
- Start Small And Gain Momentum
Attach a series of modest goals to your resolution. So, if you intend to lose weight, set an initial goal of losing 1 kilogram in the first 4 weeks. When you succeed at this modest goal, it will boost your motivation levels significantly. If you manage to over-achieve (which is likely), it will give you even more motivation.
- Setup Rewards
Reward yourself when you reach milestones. This will be another motivation booster on your way to meeting your new year’s resolution.
- Get Social Support
It’s much harder to reach a goal if you have no one barracking for you. Ask for support from your friends and family members.
Do You Want To Set Goals For The New Year? A Video By our Stoke Chiro
Here is a short video that Dr Rob Finn, Clinic Owner of City Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke on Trent and Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic in Newcastle under Lyme, has created with advice for setting New Year goals and making them stick, especially for a healthier you.
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