Each new year brings a feeling of leaving behind the old and welcoming in the new. It’s a time of starting fresh, once again offering us an opportunity to become the person we want to be. We resolve to take better care of our bodies, manage our finances better, or drop habits we don’t want anymore. In short, our resolutions reflect our intentions to become a better version of ourselves. Even more, making the resolution expresses your belief that you can change.
So, where do we go wrong? Many of us start with good intentions but never seem able to reach our goals. While approximately 40% of Americans make New Years resolutions, after only two weeks, 30% have already given up on their new habit. Over time, only 8% of people succeeding in reaching their goals. Are you going to be one of the 8%?
Becoming an 8 percenter – how you can change successfully
Here are five strategies to help you reach your goals.
- Don’t give up – this is key to incorporating a new habit into your life. Do not expect your behavior to be perfect. Early slip-ups do not predict long-term failure as long as the will remains to keep going. In fact, research shows early slips can actually increase determination, helping you to achieve your goals.
- Keep your goals simple –keep your resolution list short. Narrow your list to the most important changes you want to make. Do not compile a huge list of resolutions. If your list is short, you send a message to yourself that your goals are important to you and worth your commitment. A large list is overwhelming and may make you feel that each item can be dropped with little consequence.
- Choose realistic goals – It’s probably not a good idea to resolve to eat a perfect diet, drop every pound of excess weight and sculpt your body into a magazine-worthy item by summer. Instead, resolve to lose some weight perhaps a certain (manageable) amount each month. Choose diet changes that are manageable and not too restrictive, perhaps dropping sugar, or restricting desert to special occasions only.
- Join a group or enlist a friend – research shows those who share their goals with a friend are more likely to reach them. However, make sure you have your own private plan to continue if your friend drops her own resolutions.
- Hypnotherapy – Hypnosis has demonstrated success in helping people change their habits. Even habits and addictions that are extremely difficult to drop, such as smoking and weight loss. Hypnotherapy utilizes the power of the mind to help you achieve your goals and bypass old patterns. If you are struggling with a deeply ingrained habit or behavior that you want to drop, hypnotherapy is an evidence based tool that is available to help you achieve your goals.
If you would like to learn more, please call or fill out my contact form and click Send. Wanting to change is the first step towards change. Reaching out for help may just be the second step towards making the change stick.
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