Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick—Set Small Goals!

Toni Hall Parker New Year's Resolution

 Every year, we make New Year’s resolutions to be more healthy in our food choices, relationships, and our spiritual well being.  Sometimes we hit the mark and sometimes we fall short.  When I look at why I’ve fallen short, all roads generally lead to one thing—my goals were too big and too overwhelming for me to achieve in the allotted time frame.   In other words, I bit off more than I could chew. And when I polled my friends and family, I found out that I wasn’t alone. [space]

Let’s face it,  most of us find it almost impossible to follow through on our New Year’s resolutions because we usually set unrealistic goals that would need a herculean determination to achieve.  So rather than abandoning the notion of making New Year’s resolutions this year, let’s do something different to improve our chances of success. [space]

This year, set small, manageable, and achievable goals for better health, healthier relationships, and spiritual well being.  These simple steps are easy to implement into your busy schedule and small enough to hit the restart button if you feel like you are falling behind. [space]

 

  • Set realistic weight loss goals.    If you your goal is to lose weight this year, why not set an obtainable small amount of weight to lose so that you stay motivated.  Setting a goal to lose 5 or 10 pounds is more realistic than setting a goal to lose 40 pounds, especially if you have a hectic schedule. But remember, don’t just set the goal, put in actionable steps to ensure your success, such as I will go to the gym three times per week, and/or I will eliminate sugary snacks and bread from my diet, etc.

 

  • Eliminate one of your medications if you’re currently taking prescriptive medicine.  Just because you are taking prescriptive medication, doesn’t mean you have to stay on them forever—I know a few people who’ve eliminated high blood pressure medicine and medicines for high cholesterol and you can too.  For example, if you are taking medicine for high blood pressure, make a resolution to reduce the amount of medicine you need or get off of it completely.  Your actionable step could be to research foods and supplements that help to lower your blood pressure naturally or completely change your diet to a more healthy plant based diet.

 

  • Boldly aspire to have more peace in 2014.  Plan to reduce or completely eliminate the time you spend with people or in situations that make you unhappy.  If a relationship is no longer working for you, give yourself permission to take a hiatus. Or, if you’re bored with your job, claim a new one and start networking to land it!  Your actionable step could be to discretely network more in the office or submit your resume to a search firm to start the process for finding new employment.

 

  • Quietly resolve to have a more spirit filled life this year.  If you’ve been feeling disconnected, perhaps you should resolve to find a spiritual venue that brings more meaning to your life.  Your actionable step could be to join a religious/spiritual group, commit to actually meditating at least once per week, or maybe even sign up for a simple yoga class. All of these things are simple to implement; yet they can bring a decent amount of spiritual connectedness to your life.

 

These are small goals to set, yet they can have a profound impact towards creating a healthier and happier you in 2014.  Remember, never bite off more than you can chew—it not only leads to failure and disappointment in our diets, but also in our everyday life goals.  Happy New Year to a new and better you!

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