Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Setting Healthy Goals for 2017

When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, so many will have made resolutions. With good intentions, they will want to start the new year out making healthy changes. And while some will be successful at it, others will become bored and deflated before January is even over. Why? Because for the most part, New Year’s resolutions are made on a whim.

I am not saying that making resolutions on New Year’s Eve are destined to fail. But what I have come to discover in my own life is that setting impulsive goals have almost always set me up for failure. Whereas, quietly setting goals to make healthy changes, and taking baby steps to achieve them, ended in better results. 

And as someone who has been doing a lot of soul-searching over the past decade, I know that long-term change can only come as a result of wanting it, not by putting unwarranted pressure on ourselves. Because this type of pressure leads to failure. However, when change comes from a deep sense of purpose, it not only helps build momentum to stay on course, but it also gives us the daily motivation needed to follow through and make good on the resolutions we set.

Are you making a resolution for the new year? If so, why not set realistic goals to attain them. Think about what you want to achieve and take baby steps forward. And if you fail at times, don’t become deflated. Instead, celebrate your progress. Reflect on how far you have come, not how far you have to go. Live in the moment. Each day of the year is a fresh start to wipe your slate clean and begin anew. 

Happy New Year!  All the best for a happy and momentous 2017.