Why Most Resolutions Fail, and What You Can Do About It

I’m done, I’m resolving, I won’t do ____, I will always do ____, I am getting off my 50 lbs and keeping it off, I am eating spinach every day.

Yes, It is time for resolutions again.

But, here is the bad news.

According to surveys, 80% of Resolutions fail by January 20th, and 92% of people do not meet their New Year’s Resolutions.

So what gives?  It is typically one resolution.  One change.  Simple, right? Why, then, do people struggle so much to attain the change they want to see in their life?

The goals aren’t too hard, they aren’t unattainable, aren’t unachievable.

Here is why we fail.  Our reason for making a change is not big enough, or impactful enough.

Most people resolve to get healthier, or lose weight, or gain muscle, or quit smoking.  These are all DO able, however, the reasons for doing them are typically superficial.  I want to lose weight so I can look better in a bikini or quit smoking because “it is bad for me”.

If that is your rationale behind your resolution, you might as well quit now.

Your WHY has to get bigger.

I want to lose weight, because if I don’t, I won’t be around to see my grandchildren.  I want to get healthier so I can support my family, and be there for them.  All too often, we sacrifice what we want in the long term for what we crave in the short term.   Gym or cake…. hmm, Vanilla, please.   Start thinking less short term and more long term.  If I don’t quit smoking, where will I be in 5 years, 10 years?  If I continue to eat unhealthy, how well will my heart function in 10 years, 20 years?  How many more medications will I be on?  How active will I be able to be?

When you start to think in terms or that, change will be easy.  Because no one would rather have a heart attack, or cancer than go to the gym, or eat clean, but the lifestyle decisions you make at 20, 30, 40, 50 are what lead to these problems at 40, 50, 60, 70.  You don’t, however, get to decide at 60 that all of a sudden you want to be healthy.  It takes time and dedication to make it happen.

Here are 4 steps to make your resolution stick, and get the change you want in your life.

1.  Get a mentor.  Someone to call you out and help lead you and not a friend who will let you slip.

2.  Develop a plan.   I know it sounds simple, but instead of keeping it in your head, write your plan on paper.  Put it on your bathroom mirror, or someplace you can see it daily.  Avoid wishful thinking and elaborate plans, and focus on the simple action steps that will get you results.

3.  Be clear in your goal and action steps.  “Get healthy” is vague.  Lose 10 lbs by March 1,  Consume no less than 4 servings of vegetables daily, or quit smoking by February 15th is a goal.

4.  Join us for our Workshop “Resolutions to Revolutions”  on Monday, January 13th, 2013 @ 6:00PM.  Get the information, motivation, and action steps to turn your goals into a reality.  This is a free workshop open to the community and all patients.  Go to riversidefamchiro.com for more information, or to register, call 614.389.4945.

Dr. Thomas has received advanced training in spinal correction protocols from top clinics around the U.S. and Canada.  As a Maximized Living Doctor, he is also certified in nutrition, exercise and detoxification.  Having lost many family members early to preventable, chronic disease, he, along with his fiance, Tristan, have opened a state of the art clinic that’s goal is to empower families and athletes to live radically healthy lives.

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