New Year's Resolutions and Goals for Health

It’s that time again - the beginning of another new year. A time when many people make resolutions about changes they would like to see in their lives. Unfortunately, for many, in less than a month's time most of the resolutions will become forgotten or ignored. New Year’s resolutions can be hard to keep, but sticking with them can improve your life.

Here are a few simple rules that you can follow when setting goals that will help you achieve them.

Be Specific

If your goal is to “get healthy” (lose weight...) think about the specifics the goal involves. How, specifically, will you change your eating habits to achieve better health?

For example, you might think "I will eat fresh fruit and vegetables every day, and will only eat dessert once a week. I will go to the gym three times a week for 45 minutes on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and I will take a multivitamin and mineral supplements daily."

Put Your Goals in Writing

Once you have decided on your specific goals, write them down and post them somewhere you will see them often. Make them binding contracts that you promise to keep.

Set Realistic Goals

Be sure that your goals are within your means. Consider your schedule, finances, and other personal obligations and limitations when setting goals. The idea is to challenge not over-burden yourself.

Have a Plan of Action

Create a timeline with steps you will take to reach your goal. Failing to plan is planning to fail.

Be Positive

Surround yourself with positive influences. Read books about motivation and success. Share your goals with supportive friends and family members who will help you stay motivated. Avoid negative people whenever possible.

Be Prepared to Change

Don’t become discouraged if things go wrong. Anticipate that setbacks may occur. Use shortcomings or failures as important information to refine your efforts.

Reward Yourself

It's important to acknowledge your achievements. Give yourself a reward that makes you feel good or that you enjoy doing, when you have reached you goals. Be reasonable - don't let the reward derail your continued success.

New Year's doesn’t have to be the only time you set goals. Setting clear goals, year-round, can help you lead a healthier and more rewarding life.

Make this the year you follow through on your resolutions! [ Copyright © 2004 World Image Naturals, Inc. ]

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