Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Year's diet resolutions fail 4 out of 5 times. Why?

Personally, I never make New Year's resolutions.  Whatever your goals in life are, you should be resolving to advance them every day - not just the first day of a new year. 

However, the main reason that people fail (at anything) is because they don't concentrate on it.  'You bring about what you think about.'  Have you ever heard that statement before?  Well it's TRUE.

By the way, have you ever heard of something called 'holiday remorse'?  It's a feeling of guilt that you ate too much, drank to much, spent too much money, didn't connect with family - take your pick - from November through December.  Basically, whatever we feel 'bad' about doing or not doing, we resolve to fix it... starting on January 1.  That's why self-help books, exercise equipment and health-club memberships sell so well in the first week of January.  But you know what?  Before Valentine's Day, about 80% of those self-improvement goals are abandoned (on average).

Why is it that with such good intentions, getting fit, losing weight and improving our lives seems so elusive?

Here's the reason:  Unless you first change your mind (and KEEP it changed), don't expect your health goals to materialize.  Remember, it's not the horse that draws the cart, it's the oats.  It's not the health-club membership, jogging shoes or diet that will change you – it's your mind.

You're going to need a plan - a real plan - plus motivation and self-discipline.  Most important of all, this combination should be designed in such a way that it won't stress you out... because then you'll quit.

To get started now (and never quit), there are basically five(5) general areas that need to be part of your plan:

1. Think small.  Begin with small successes. Throughout the day, find simple challenges that you make happen.  The important thing is to do them every day... and not just 'most' days.

2. Build self-trust.  Don't bight off more than you can chew.  Do something (every day) that you CAN do, such as walking for 30 minutes or more.  Once you start believing in (and trusting in) yourself, you won't quit.

3. Invent challenges.  One excellent suggestion is to do your walking (or exercise DVD, for example) before you do anything else in the morning - I mean before ANYTHING else.  The real challenge is doing it every day.

4. Develop a Positive Mental Attitude.  No one's life is without negatives, so don't worry about them.  Focus on the you that keeps looking a little but better in the mirror every day.

5. Develop critical awareness.  Just be aware of the times when you're breaking your own rules.  Self-destructive habits can be gradually overcome when you concentrate on what you want most.

If you've read this far and might be interested in an already-done-for-you 3 Week Plan to change your body, then I have one for you.  It contains all of the elements that I've already mentioned.  All that you have to do is follow the plan.  It's that simple.

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