Why Most New Years Resolutions Fail, And What To Do About It
Posted Jun 02 2009 4:34pm
SF Bay Area Disc Pain Treatment Center Comments:
Wow, I was just reading this article about New Years Resolutions, and how 80% of them are broken by Jan 31st. But what really got my attention was that if the New Years Resolution had to do with health and fitness (working out, losing weight, quitting smoking, etc), 90% of them will be broken by Jan15th. I know from personal experience that the gyms I work out at are always packed the first few weeks of the year. Then, they die down and get back to normal. I also know that this is when some of my friends and relatives will stop eating all the garbage that is contributing to their poor health and weight problems...for a few weeks. The bottom line is that New Years Resolutions DO NOT WORK if the only thing that happens is the date changes. Sure, the New Year can be a great time to implement a health and fitness program that has been carefully thought out, and is for the right reasons. A great way to make sure that your new goals are achieved is to write them down. Then, break them up into smaller steps. and track your progress (on paper). An even better way (and more permanent) is to actually invest in a Life Planning System, like the Franklin Covey System, that will help you build a foundation of governing Life Principles upon which to set your goals. It's a lot easier to just declare "I am going to lose 30 lbs by 3/1/07" than it is to purchase a planning system, then sit down for about 4-6 hours initially (then 30 minutes per week) and work through the process of figuring out who you are, what you stand for, and what your mission is in life. Then, choosing goals, projects, and tasks to keep you on target. I know from first hand experience that this is not easy. But, nothing in life that is worthwhile and sustainable is easy. In my practice, the patients that seem to get the best results are the patients that put the most into the treatment process. They do not expect to be able to continue doing the same things they have been doing and have the outcome be different. Sure, some will see favorable results just because they are receiving our treatment, even though they don't change anything else. But, they are just cheating themselves. To really change your health, not just feel better temporarily, you need to consider physical, mental, spiritual, and social factors. Each factor of your life needs to be nurtured on an ongoing basis. The Franklin Covey System can help you to address your needs and keep you on track. There is a store in the Financial District of San Francisco or you can purchase products online. You can also attend seminars on an individual basis or as a group. They also offer on-site company workshops. So, if you REALLY want to make permanent changes in your life, consider some sort of Life Planning System. I also recommend that purchase " The Secret" on DVD. As always we are here to help you express your health potential in any way we can, and we are always available to discuss your goals with you, and help you achieve them.