This time of year many people start with a blank slate and create New Year resolutions that they hope will lead to change in one or more aspects of their lives. Approximately 50% of the population make New Year resolutions, yet just under 10% actually make them stick. For most the first couple of weeks are fairly easy, but by the time February rolls around the majority of people begin a slide back to old habits and by the time next year rolls around people have returned to where they started, or worse have fallen deeper into the rabbit hole.
According to statisticbrain.com the top ten resolutions are:
1 Lose Weight / Healthier Eating 21.4%
2 Life / Self Improvements 12.3%
3 Better Financial Decisions 8.5%
4 Quit Smoking 7.1%
5 Do more exciting things 6.3%
6 Spend More Time with Family / Close Friends 6.2%
7 Work out more often 5.5%
8 Learn something new on my own 5.3%
9 Do more good deeds for others 5.2%
10 Find the love of my life 4.3%
The real question is why people can’t keep their resolutions. According to psychology professor Peter Herman in an article title “Why can’t I keep my New Year’s resolution?” He and his colleagues call the phenomenon the “false hope syndrome.” People fail because they are unrealistic, overly ambitious, set unreal timelines and underestimate the size of the task.
To help you be successful there are a few guidelines you can employ to help navigate the minefields.
Start with the why. To simply state that you want to lose weight (the number 1 resolution) is too fuzzy and as we know fuzzy targets don’t get hit. An improvement would be to say I want to lose 20 pounds in 6 months. By setting parameters we more clearly define the results and set a timetable-a clearer target to hit- and allow the development of a game plan such as improving eating habits and exercise regimes.
To be even more successful, attach a strong, meaningful reason for losing that amount of weight in that particular timeframe: The Why. For example, changing eating habits and implementing an exercise program will aide in losing weight preventing the development of diabetes and heart disease, allowing me to be more active, enjoy the grandkids and improve the quality and quantity of life. Not following through with the resolution of losing weight, then, would have the opposite effect as opposed to simply not losing weight.
Since most people start off with some measure of success in achieving their goals, even if we give up after falling of the wagon, there remains a false hope that next year will be different and we often begin the following year with similar goals. Break the cycle and experience some success now.
Here are five things you can do to improve the results you will achieve in pursuit of your goals.
Yours in Health,
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to set an appointment with Dr. Doug at the Art of Chiropractic to discuss how we may be able to help your particular situation.
Dr. Doug Davies has been practicing the art of chiropractic for over 10 years and brings his skills to the downtown Gresham, OR area focusing on achieving and maintaining the innate lifestyle...