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The Problem with New Year's Resolutions

Looking to make a New Year's resolution? Prepare to fail unless you make use of these strategies!

Happy New Year!

A New Year to a new you—Although I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, I do believe in setting goals to create a positive habit. 

What do I mean by this? When it comes to the new year, everyone wants to completely change the way they live. For example, many decide they want a complete OVERHAUL of their lifestyle: wake up extra early to work out, eliminate sugar from their diet, and add more veggies to each meal. 

Well, six weeks later all has been forgotten because it was too much change at once. We love the idea of a complete overhaul, a "makeover" or a fresh start, don't we? :) Unfortunately, most times they don't work for long term success. Why?

Because long-term success is built on HABITS. And when we overhaul our entire lifestyle, we end up failing at all of them because we're not giving them time to become habits.

So how can we make changes successfully? Create a list of four things you would like to accomplish in the long term. Now, choose one item to focus your attention for the next six weeks.

For some people the focus might be on nutrition such as to start eating breakfast every day or to switch from sandwiches to salads at lunch. For others, fitness might be the goal. Add to your calendar the time you will start your workout just as if it is an appointment that you must keep. 

Studies show that for real change to occur and become a habit, it requires six weeks of focusing on one task. 

Make your list and focus on ONE SINGLE GOAL for the next six weeks. Don’t be too hard on yourself because there will be times when you will fail to reach your goal each day. Just stay focused and continue to make the necessary changes to be successful. At this time next year, just think of all the new HABITS you have instilled! Email me with your fitness and nutrition goals for the New Year—I would love to hear your progress!

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Siobhra DeWar December 31, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I do monthly resolutions that are only good for one month. You don't have to do everything at once. If you bite off too much of a goal for the month you only have to hang in for 30 days. And you can push yourself with new things since you know it is only a month. And a month is long enough to develop some better habits.
Lisa Walsh, SmartFitnessByLisa December 31, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Siobhra--that's great you can develop a habit in only a month! I would love to hear some of your habits you have developed recently--great job! For more tips, like my page on face book too:)


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