As 2012 approaches, many, if not most, will evaluate their life on many levels. Are you satisfied? Healthy? Happy in your relationships?
Inevitably, we all will set some resolution to change in the New Year.
Unfortunately, many goals are not accomplished due to being unrealistic, poor planning or having insufficient reasons for setting them.
There are a number of tricks or tools that can be used to increase your success. For example, research suggests that written goals are more likely to be attained. So, write down your goal and steps for attaining it.
At that time, it might be helpful to also list your reasons for wanting to accomplish them. Your reasons should be personally relevant (i.e., not because my spouse wants me to). YOU have to want to accomplish the goal.
Also, set only one goal at a time. Trying to change more than one thing can increase the failure rate, as we are more likely to feel overwhelmed. We are likely to give up if the goal seems impossible.
The goal also needs to be realistic, specific and measurable. For example, if your overall goal is to be healthier, define healthy and what you will need to be healthy.
Acceptable Goal: I will lose 10 pounds by reducing my intake of sugary snacks and exercising 20 minutes every day.
Not Realistic Goal: I will lose weight.
For some, to be healthier may simply mean scheduling and attending an appointment at the doctor's office.
Track your progress in meeting the goal as well. You will be more likely to stick to your plan if you see progress.
Using the buddy system also will increase your chances of success. Talk about your goal and develop a support network.
Working through some of the roadblocks with a friend can help to overcome them.
Finally, be easy on yourself. Do not enter in with the expectation or the idea that you will never engage in the bad habit, as you will be more likely to give up early in the process.
Instead, expect an occasional relapse and plan to get right back on track the next day, without beating yourself up.
Following these simple steps can make or break your resolution plans and could have a tremendous impact on the rest of your life. For more information, visit our website at Lycominghealthyliving.com.
Best wishes for an amazing holiday season and a prosperous new year from all of us at Associates in Neuropsychology and Collaborative Healthcare, Stocki & Neil Counseling Associates, and Lycoming Therapeutic Wraparound Services.
Seiler is a licensed psychologist and neuropsychologist and sees clients through Associates in Neuropsychology and Collaborative Healthcare, PC.