The Step Plan for New Year’s Resolutions

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By Dr. Holly

Dr. Holly

Everyone knows that New Year’s Eve is a great time for making New Year’s Resolutions. But we also know that about 50% of them have fallen through by the end of January and upwards of 80% have fallen through by the end of February – so what’s the point?
The point is…it is your life and you want to live it to the fullest…so let’s just find a way to achieve that…

First off, the definition of
failure is: the failure to get up again OR not getting engaged
Secondly, the definition of
success:
the ability to learn from the mistake you made
the ability to learn from other’s mistakes
to have the foresight to figure out what mistakes might be made and know how to avoid them
So let’s get strategic about our New Year’s Resolutions and get a better handle on them, this year.

Step 1: set a goal – without a goal, people tend to go around in circles achieving nothing
Step 2: now determine the underlying reason why you want to achieve this goal – not the superficial, obvious reasons, but the deeper more psychologically buried reasons
Step 3: now sit down and write/type how you are going to feel when you achieve your goal
Step 4: now close your eyes and imagine what will be going on in your mind/body when you have achieved your goal
Step 5: now get up and act out those feelings, thoughts, etc, i.e., dance, sing, give praise, whatever you will do when you achieve your goal – do it now
Step 6: set a year deadline, ie., what you want to achieve by the end of the year
Step 7: set a 6 month deadline, i.e., how far you want to be by the end of six months
Step 8: set a 1,2 & 3 month deadline, i.e., what you want to achieve by the end of each month
Step 9: what behaviours do you need to engage in to achieve Step 2, 3, 4
Step 10: what do you need to do at the beginning of each day to organize & strategize your day – for some this is better done at the end of the day
Step 11: now make a point of celebrating every achievement along the way.

By the end of the year, you will have a new set of habits that will take you through the rest of your life.

Here’s to your health!
For more information, contact: Dr Holly at holly@choicesunlimited.ca
Disclaimer: This article is provided for general information only, and is not a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or other health care professional. The writer or publisher is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a reader based on the content of this article. Always consult your own health care practitioner.