New Year’s Resolutions: Turn Failures into Success
Have you ditched your New Year’s resolution yet?! Many people make that January 1 commitment to change – weight loss, more exercise, better money saving habits, quitting smoking. Unfortunately, many give up long before the month is even over.
“When a resolution is made, many people already question their commitment,” said Nicole Florence, MD, a pediatrician and internal medicine physician at Memorial Physician Services. “Doubting your chance for success at the start of a resolution can actually inhibit your ability to achieve your resolution. I like to encourage goal-making rather than resolutions, and staying positive with your goals.”
Here are some tips to help you reach your goals in 2019:
Staying positive about your resolution is important. Say something like, “I am making a commitment to living a healthy lifestyle,” as opposed to, “I can’t eat fast food anymore.” Focus on staying upbeat this year.
Set goals, not resolutions.
When making a goal, it should be S.M.A.R.T.—specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and based on time. Instead of, “I will lose weight this year,” a smart goal is something like, “I will lose 20 pounds by December 2019.”
Set small achievable goals.
You want to establish healthy routines like: “This week I will take my lunch to work” or “I will increase my daily step goal by this much.”
If you find yourself focusing on an activity or behavior that will not help you to achieve your goals, stop doing it.
Whether it’s a group of friends, family members or other goal-makers, share your goals and milestones throughout the year. Encouragement from others is inspiring and motivating.
If you fall, stand back up.
Mistakes are not the end of your journey. If you falter on the way to reaching your goals, keep going.
Celebrate your successes.
No matter how small, each step towards reaching your goals is a step worth celebrating. Share your achievements with the people in your life.
Ready to Set Goals?
If you’re setting goals to live a healthier lifestyle in the year ahead, Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center can help. Learn how you can get started today.