Resolve to achieve your New Years Goals
I am going to take a wild guess and say that you may have made a few New Years’ Resolutions before. I will also go out on a limb and say that they are probably eerily similar year after year after year…
Well, 2012 can be different. As Einstein said – “You cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it.”
This means that if you are creating the same Resolutions and are going to go about your Resolutions in the same manner that you always have… well… you will most likely get the same result.
Insanity – Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result.
Change is hard. Do not fool yourself into thinking that because you made a decision to change that you will not sabotage yourself or that massive, long lasting changes will come to you without discipline and consistency. You will only end up dissapointed again.
Here are 5 tips to insure you can break your failure cycle and begin to reach your goals:
Get Specific and avoid “vague” goals.
Weight loss is a very poor goal. Stop smoking is a poor goal. These are too general and lack passion.
The more specific you get with your goals the more likely you will be to reach them.
How much weight loss? What is your time frame for reaching these milestones? What are you absolutley willing to do to achieve these results?
Focus on what you are gaining, not on what you are giving up.
If you are focused on restricting items from your day or life and viewing improving fitness levels/exercise as a chore, or, you are focused on eliminating foods from your life – how long do you think you will have the willpower to hold out?
A better strategy is to list out all of the things you will gain by slowly and systematically making changes to your habits. Improved energy and self-confidence would most likely happen first. Self-pride and the ability to stick with your goals and plans would surely follow.
Get into the process and out of the outcome.
Change takes time. Be patient with yourself. No one makes a decision and magically changes. Everyone makes mistakes and takes missteps. Understand that a mistake is not the end. Get right back on track and get going. An “IFSism” that I use all of the time is –
Habits X Time = Results
Improved Fitness and Reduced Weight of any substantial sum is most likely a 12-18 month process. There will be plateuas and setbacks. How you plan for and deal with these setbacks will make all of the difference in your success. You WILL NOT experience smooth sailing. And, if you do, you will not maintain it for long.
Use history as a teacher – if you were losing weight and as soon as something derailed you, you gave up because progress stopped – I would challenge you to alter your perception of what is actually happening.
Focus on your schedule. If you schedule it, you will do it.
This seems pretty simple, but, for many people sticking to a schedule is difficult. The habit of procrastination sets in and what I refer to as “The Tomorrow Syndrome” becomes a rally cry. If you will always start tomorrow and you justify your lack of commitment to your health and goals you certainly will never reach the goals that you set.
Schedule your exercise and stick to your schedule. Make your Fitness a non-negotiable priority. If you do not you will not achieve the desired results.
Avoid “All or None” thinking.
Focus on Progress, not perfection. If you are moving more than you have been before and eating better than you have been then you are making progress! Congratulate yourself. You are doing great.
All or none thinking (as in – I need to eat perfectly and exercise everyday or IT is not working) only derails success and makes happiness unattainable. NO ONE eats perfectly and exercises everyday.
There you have it. An altered perception of your goals and how to reach them can help to make 2012 your most productive year to date.
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Yours in Health,
Robert J DeVito