A New Year, A New You

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When we talk about New Year’s Resolutions, what springs to mind?  Joining a gym, trying to drink less, smoke less, or eat less?  Sure, we all know the obvious ones, but when it comes to making changes for the New Year, it’s really all about you. What are changes are you going to make this year that are uniquely about you?  Whether its losing weight or just trying to have a little more fun, your goals have to come from the heart.  If you’re thinking about making a resolution with a little meaning this year, you may want to read on.

Making A New Year’s Resolution

Should you do it?  Survey says: “yes!”  Research shows that making a New Year’s Resolution will make you ten times more likely to alter a behavior than you would be if you failed to a make one. Forty-five percent of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions, but, of that number, half will give up on then within the first six months of the year.  How can you avoid becoming a statistic?

Be Specific and Track Your Progress

John Norcross, Ph.D. advises,”You’ve got to develop a specific action plan for change.”  For example, if your goal is to lose weight, establish exactly how many pounds you want to lose and then set up a plan to make it happen. If you’re trying to save money, try to set an amount that you would like to save each month and then determine what you need to do in order to make that happen, even if it means buying cheaper mascara.Need extra incentive?  Write it down. “Research indicates that “self-monitoring’ increases the probability of keeping your resolution.” says Norcross.  Write down your goals and post them where you can see them. Reminding yourself about them will help you keep them.

For the New Year…

If you are concerned about making 2017 better, here are some things you may want to commit to:

Improve Your diet: Start the New Year by treating yourself to a snazzy new water bottle and use it! Also, try and be aware of all the unhealthy foods you’re eating and start swapping them for fruits and veggies.

Prioritize: There is nothing to decrease productivity as surely as making an impossible to- do list.  Break it down.  If you have a staggering amount of activities on the weekly agenda, try to separate then into realistic day by day chunks, including the time of day you want to accomplish it by.  This should make you more likely to get things done in a timely fashion.

Respect Yourself: This year is all about the respect. Get rid of all the excess baggage in your life and surround yourself with supportive and positive people. Don’t be afraid to shed bad influences.

Let us know what you are doing to make a better you in 2017.  We love to hear from you!

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