Approximately 80 percent of resolutions fail by the second week of February, so the odds of staying with your resolutions are overwhelmingly stacked against you. With February just around the corner, now is the time to take action before you give up and become one of these dismal statistics.
The best way to keep your new year’s resolutions is to think in terms of changing your lifestyle and who you are rather than just one behavior. If you try to change behavior while continuing the same old lifestyle, you’re not likely to succeed.
Changing lifestyle requires changing who you are, values, and many behaviors over a period of time. For example, you won’t be able to start eating less without changing a variety of behaviors that contribute to overeating. You also need to think in terms of goals and break those goals down into small steps.
For example, if you want to lose 20 pounds, your focus should not be on losing the weight. You must first develop a new way of eating, choose different foods, learn a new way of shopping, and change your relationship with food. For long-term success, these changes must become your permanent way of life, not a temporary change in behavior. You must become a person who eats and lives differently than you did before.
If you want to improve your health, you’ll want to set a variety of goals like reducing exposures to environmental toxins, eating Paleo, ditching sugar and carbs, managing stress, learning mindfulness and deep breathing exercises, and communing with nature. You want to become someone who lives in a manner that encourages health. You become a meditator, a paleo enthusiast, etc.
In another example, if you want to reduce stress in your life, you set goals like practicing yoga weekly, getting more exercise, making time to meditate or relax, taking time to nurture yourself, and getting more sleep. You need to become the type of person who lives a life that keeps stress to a minimum.
Setting goals or making a resolution is only the first step. It is vital to build a new identity and develop a lifestyle that supports the changes you want to make in your life in order to be successful at following through.
As you incorporate these practices into your life on a regular basis, then who you are and your lifestyle changes over time and eventually you achieve your primary goal or resolution.
By redefining who you are and how you live, it will make it easier to make permanent changes and thus keep your new year’s resolutions. However, this takes time. Change does not happen overnight, it’s a process, so be kind to yourself and don’t expect too much too quickly.
Regardless of your health condition, I can help you get started on this journey. Spend an hour with me developing a strong self-care plan that will move you in the right direction for becoming the person you want to be and enhance your healing journey.