Why New Year's Resolutions Don't Work

Why New Year's Resolutions Don't Work
Why New Year's Resolutions Don't Work
How many times have you seen the post on Facebook that “Today, is the first page in your 365 book so make it count!? Probably 100 if you were on Social Media around New Years time. We love New Years, and love the idea that we can start fresh. That we can have a new chance to attain what we really want out of life to finally achieve our goals. So the question is why do so many people start this way and end up failing year after year. There are several reasons that we continuously fail at our New Year’s resolutions and goals?

How many times have you seen the post on Facebook that “Today, is the first page in your 365 book so make it count!? Probably 100 if you were on Social Media around New Years time. We love New Years, and love the idea that we can start fresh. That we can have a new chance to attain what we really want out of life to finally achieve our goals. So the question is why do so many people start this way and end up failing year after year. There are several reasons that we continuously fail at our New Year’s resolutions and goals?

First, we are focusing on the things that we think we should be doing in our life, like quitting smoking, or loosing that extra 20 lbs instead of the things that we want to be doing in our life. What we should be doing is focusing on what we really want to be doing in our life not what we think we should be doing. For example you may want to feel better so that you can spend more quality time with your children. This more personal goal is what we should be focusing on. This very personal goal that means much more to us and may involve quitting smoking and loosing 20lbs but it is a much more powerful reason to do those things. Personal goals and motivators keeping us driven for success by helping us enjoy the experience of reaching that goal more.

Three hundred and sixty five days is also a very long time to have to accomplish a goal. That may seem beneficial at first but it really hurts us in the end. Most people give up or simply put off their goals because they figure they have time to get it done. Setting a more reasonable time frame to get your goals accomplished will help you stay focused. A good time frame is 12 weeks, and you can read more about this in the book The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Morgan. In this book he explains how setting goals over shorter periods of time give you less time to have unproductive weeks and more time to celebrate your accomplishments.

So if this is your year to get healthy, try to find the real reason you want to accomplish this and give yourself mini attainable goals to reach over shorter periods of time. This will keep you focused and away from the overwhelming feeling of the many things you may be trying to do this year! If you have been suffering from pain, do not put it off another year. At Cross Bay PMR we have many non-surgical treatments such as trigger point therapy for back pain, platelet-rich plasma therapy, and stem cell therapy to help you get in your best health for 2015!

 

By Benjamin Bieber

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