New year, new you?
13 January 2017
A recent study showed that last year only approx. 8% of us managed to do this, meaning 92% didn’t. This got me thinking. How come only 8% achieve their New Year goals? And how did that 8% do it, while still living a normal working life?
Digging deeper, I found a common pattern behind their success. And before you ask, no, the successful 8% were not all unemployed! Below I list the reasons why some were able to maintain enthusiasm, motivation and most importantly, self-discipline.
Make your Goals Specific
People proclaim “this year I’m going to get in shape” but what does that actually mean? Specifically telling yourself your goal is to reach a certain weight, run three miles a day, or do an extra three reps in the gym will help massively to stick to your resolution.
Rule for Success 1 – State your Goals!
“If you can measure it, you can change it.” First, you must record where you are to begin with. With a specific goal in mind, stick with your resolution and measure progress along the way. These feedback loops will be a great source of motivation as you can reflect on past records and see where you’ve reached.
Rule for Success 2 – Keep a Record of your Progress
Have you ever told someone you just simply ‘don’t have time’ to hit the gym, or ‘don’t have time’ to eat healthy? Truth is nobody finds time, we choose time. A good tip is to treat these resolutions as appointments; you wouldn’t often re-schedule an appointment so why reschedule a spin class? That which is scheduled gets done.
Rule for Success 3 – Put it in the Diary
Get up When you Slip Up!
We are all guilty of the occasional slip-ups, it happens. Just don’t treat these slip-ups as total meltdowns or excuses to give up. Acknowledging the mistake and continuing the path to your goal is vital. It’s about developing the right skills and having the patience that inevitably lead to success.
Rule for Success 4 – Perseverance is the Key
How many of you know the positive effects Chiropractic can have on our bodies and mind? Regular adjustments help us to move easier, sleep better, be more motivated, make us feel better and create happiness in ourselves. All this, partnered with your New Year’s resolutions, will give us a fantastic, healthy and determined start to the New Year.
Rule for Success 5 – Look After Your Body: It’s the Only Place You have to Live!