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A Healthy 2013

Jan 17, 2013

It’s that time of the year. New Year’s Resolutions, diets, gym memberships, workout plans, and for many, failure. While many people set out to start the year of differently and make a resolution to be healthier and better, the truth is that making change is difficult. No matter what your goals are, there are certain methods that can help you achieve them despite the odds being stacked against you. A study from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania shows that only 19% of people who set out to make a resolution stick to it. Here are 3 tips to take into the new year that will give you success with your resolutions.

1. Start small. This may seem counterintuitive at first, especially if your goals are large undertakings. It is, however, imperative to break your goal up into small daily tasks. For example, if you goal is to eat healthier, just worry about one meal at a time and do your best to make each as healthy as possible. If you start to consider the next months of healthy meals, it can become a very daunting task and there’s a greater chance you will scrap your plans altogether. So think about the easiest and simplest step you could take at each moment to ensure you at meeting your goal.

2. Tell others. This is a powerful tool. When you announce your intentions to make change, two very important things happen. First, you are garnering the support of your friends and loved ones. If they know how important this change is for you, they will be more likely to assist any way they can and less likely to diverge you from your goals. Second, you become liable to the people who know about your goal. Your friends and family will be curious, interested, and supportive so it is perfectly natural that they will ask how things are going. This will serve well to keep you on track with your goals, so let people know and talk about it regularly!

3. Enjoy the rewards. This may seem strange at first but the reason you are making changes is not to suffer and miss out on things but to improve your life. Do your best to remain conscientious of that factor. If you take up eating a healthier diet, don’t think about the tasty junk food you are missing out on but instead focus on the new foods you trying and how much better your body and mind feel. It is finding these positive rewards from the changes you have made that will ensure you stick with your goal!

When you make a New Year’s Resolution this year, no matter what it may be, keep these tips in mind to ensure success going forward. Remember, it takes three weeks of doing something to make it a habit so these changes will quickly become life-transformations! Good luck and Happy New Year!


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