Research shows that about 50% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions, 25% are broken within the first 2 weeks, and only about 8% actually achieve them at all. Here’s some advice on strategies to set realistic obtainable goals for your new year.
Try not to be too general when setting a goal. If you’ve committed to ‘ do more exercise’ you need to be sure you define what that means. Let’s be real, who doesn’t benefit from doing more exercise? The problem is, when you’re not specific it’s easy to let exercise fall by the wayside. You would be better off committing to a certain number of days a week or minutes per day even if you start small and work your way up.
The All Or Nothing
Try to stay away from words like ‘No’ & ‘Never’. Words like these can really set you up for failure. If you say ‘I’m NEVER going to have ice cream again’ and you go to a birthday party and you have it, then you can feel like you’ve already broken your resolution. This can cause someone to stop working towards his or her goal. The thing to remember is, any effort towards your goal is better than no effort at all.
Don’t Get Discouraged
Remember, none of us are perfect. Don’t turn mistakes or temporary failures into excuses to give up. It’s better to identify what caused the mistake, set up a new plan, and move forward.
The Big 3 – And A Suggestion
The three most common New Year’s Resolutions are pretty easy to guess: exercising more, losing weight, and saving money. Exercising and losing weight are similar goals, both improving your health, your looks, and how you feel. But you can save money by doing these things as well: even if you spend money to try to lose weight, you should save a ton of money by eating healthy food from your grocery list. Restaurants are fun, but you should avoid them if you are trying to lose fat and get healthy. Most restaurant servings are way too large, and have too many fats, carbs, and calories. And the food you get averages about 20% of the cost of the check; the rest of your restaurant bill pays for convenience, service, and profits. Make a healthy grocery list, go shopping, and stick to your list.
Achieving your ultimate goal isn’t about how long it takes you to get there, but more importantly it’s recognizing what your goals are, being realistic, and staying committed. Cordova Medical Clinic is a great place to help you get started. We offer the appetite suppressant phentermine right here in our clinic to help you reach your goals. Let’s make 2020 your year!