With the new year looming, it is that time of year when people start to create goals for the upcoming year – or let’s not beat around the bush, they create resolutions. These resolutions generally surround doing or being better in some way; like eating better, getting to the gym more, losing weight or quitting alcohol. While having a goal like this is not inherently bad, waiting until the new year is not the best way to go about it.
We’ve all heard the phrase “new year, new you”. But why should you have to create a new you, just because a new year started? To me, this says that the former you, from last year, was not good enough. Is that a way to talk to yourself? Would you talk to your children or spouse like that? I would hope not, so why is it ok to beat yourself up? This year I challenge you to not think about becoming a new you, to leave the unrealistic resolutions where they belong – in the past, and set goals that will create a more awesome version of yourself.
Pretty much anything that you want to have, you can have, but you need a plan to get there. This is where setting goals comes in. A French writer by the name of Antoine de Saint-Exupery (don’t ask me to pronounce it!) said “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” So when you are thinking about what you want, don’t forget to create the plan to get it. Break down the larger goal into small bite size chunks with deadlines and then break those chunks into even smaller bites with deadlines. Want to lose 20 pounds by the summer? Aim for 10lbs by the end of March. Then break that down even more by a 5lb decrease in 6 weeks. That’s less than one pound per week! This is much more manageable than 20lbs. Once you have broken down the bigger goal, create your plan to achieve it. What do you need to do to keep the scale on a downward trend? Workout more? Eat less processed foods? Drink less alcohol? Probably a combination. If you need help with figuring out your plan whether it be losing weight, gaining weight, or improving performance in the gym, don’t hesitate to reach out to us, we are here to help!
2016 is set to be a big year! But, remember that life is not a sprint, and there will be setbacks, hurdles and roadblocks in your way. The way you choose to handle these obstacles will determine whether you achieve what you set out to or if you fall off the wagon after only a couple of months.
Cheers to the start of a new year!
Dr. Liz Marshall – Chiropractor