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New Year's Resolutions Don't Work - THIS does

January 2, 2019

First off, Happy New Year!  It is the first day of 2019 and chances are, you have made some resolutions.  The most common ones are losing weight, getting healthier, exercising more, saving money, quitting smoking etc.  They are all great goals, however, over a third of resolutions don’t even last 30 days, and almost all of them (80%), only last 5 weeks.

 

So what is the reason for them not lasting?  Most fail because the goal / resolution is not specific enough, or there's just not enough commitment behind it.  My experience with working with clients has been that unless a person has an "aha" moment, even if they think they know what they should be doing, they will not.  So what might be an "aha" moment?  Sometimes it's a health scare, or someone asking a non-pregnant person when they might be due, or a check bouncing because there's no money in the account, or some other similar semi-traumatic event.  However, even if there is a "I really have to do this" thought behind it, without accountability and direction, resolutions fail.  What else might be going on?

 

Did you know that most people OVERestimate what they can accomplish in a month and UNDERestimate what they can accomplish in a year?  It's true!  New year's resolutions fail because people try to take on too much in a short period of time.  3, 4 or even 7 or 8 resolutions are not uncommon, and a person can quickly get overwhelmed by it all.  

 

So...... my way is better.  How come?  I am a firm believer in what I call the "1 degree change".  Let me explain.  Let's say you're going on vacation to Hawaii.  The plane takes off and heads for Hawaii.  However if the plane is off course by even just 1 degree, you end up in a different spot.  Think about where you would end up if your plane was off by not just 1, but 12 degrees?  You might even end up in Alaska instead.

 

So here's how easy my way is.  For the month of January, work on just ONE healthy habit.  And it doesn't need to be excruciatingly difficult.  Is your goal to eat healthier?  Why not try to add one fruit and one additional vegetable serving per day.  That's it.  That's your entire goal for January.  Then in February, you continue with that, but add 1 extra glass of water a day.  Come March, you are eating more greens, drinking more water, AND now you're adding 2,000 extra steps a day.

 

You get the idea!!!  Baby steps!  And guess what? They add up to HUGE results that you will not want to quit just a few weeks into January.  You pick your own goals, but here are some inspiration to get you started!

 

Drink an extra cup of water a day

Get 30 minutes more sleep a day

Eat an extra serving of green vegetables 

Eat an extra serving of fruit

Walk 2,000 extra steps a day

Get outside for 15 minutes every day - rain or shine

Celebrate Meatless Monday - or any other day with a vegetarian meal weekly

Put your phone down 20 minutes earlier

Once a month, visit a friend

Compliment someone daily

..... and so on!

 

Now you see how in 12 months, you will be a much healthier, more holistic and well-rounded person.  If you need a coach to keep you accountable for your goals, send me an email.  I offer free consultation so we can discuss your 12 degrees by the time 2020 rolls around.

 

To your health! 

Coach Emmy 

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