2016 is coming to a close, and everyone is writing his or her list of New Year’s Resolutions. Many people fail at achieving their New Year’s Resolutions—in fact, some studies show that just 8% of people achieve their goals. We wanted to take a look at how to make a successful New Year’s Resolution, and because our Irving clinic cares about your health, we then want to look at how New Year’s Resolutions can be used to improve your health!
One of the most important steps in creating a successful New Year’s Resolution is to change only one thing at a time, and to break that goal down into manageable steps. Humans are very resistant to change. Our bodies are designed to achieve homeostasis in more ways than one! By breaking down your resolutions into simple, one-item changes, it is much easier to achieve success. For example, if your resolution is to work out more, you should consider all the questions that accompany that goal. Where do you work out? What routine are you going to follow? How many times a week are you going to work out? How long will it take you to work out?
Another key difference between a successful New Year’s Resolution and unsuccessful ones is defining the right goal. Saying that you want to lose 20 pounds in a month looks good on paper, but it does little to help you formulate an actual plan. A better resolution would be to exercise three days a week, eat healthier, or start a diet, like our Ideal Protein plan.
Finally, our third tip to help you make a successful New Year’s Resolution is to understand your own willpower. Saying you want to lose 50 pounds or cutting out sugary sodas that you drink on a daily basis are great goals. However, you know yourself better than anyone does. Are your goals reasonable? The saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and that’s also true for self-improvement. Sometimes the smallest changes can have the biggest impacts, like taking the stairs instead of elevator when you get to the office.
New Year’s is a time to look ahead and make a better future. At the Medical and Surgical Clinic of Irving, we want to help you achieve your goals and live your healthiest year yet! Share with us your New Year’s Resolutions on our Facebook page and let us know how you plan on making 2017 your best year yet!