At Longevity Nexum, Barrie Ontario, one of the first steps when working with us is setting clear goals and a strategy on how to achieve them. Our priority is to do everything in our capacity to help each client become successful with reaching their goals whether it’s alleviating back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, managing a chronic disease or looking to take control of their health.
The month of January is the time of year for new years resolutions. It’s an occasion when individuals set out to make a change for the better. The start of the new year is a great time to initiate positive behaviour change because it feels like a fresh start. But despite good intentions, we often settle back into our normal routine within the first few months for reasons such as unrealistic goals, lack of accountability or are simply not ready for change. Before going into the new year, it’s important to plan ahead and set yourself up for success. Start with acknowledging where you’re at now and then slowly start working your way toward your goal. Here are a few tips to help you succeed with your new year’s resolution:
Understand your why you’re setting goals
We can set many different goals for the new year but the likelihood of sticking to it is low if you don’t have a deep-rooted purpose. When setting goals, take the time to think it through and understand why you want to lose the 10 pounds or quit smoking. Once you establish meaning to each goal, always refer back to the reason why you’re engaging in a healthy behaviour change.
Limit your resolutions
Although being ambitious sounds more desirable, taking on too much and spreading yourself too thin may set yourself up for failure. Establishing new healthy behaviours often takes time and prolonged effort. Achieving one small task can boost self-confidence and belief in yourself. Start with breaking apart your large goal into smaller chunks and focus on one at a time.
Learn from the past
It’s important to remember that anytime you fail to make a change, it’s still considered a step toward achieving your goal. Take the set back as a learning experience and understand what went wrong or what didn’t work. Use this to your advantage and ensure not to repeat the same mistake next time around.
Create an approach goal instead of an avoidance goal
An approach goal is a goal with positive outcomes that has more positive emotions and thoughts toward the behaviour change. An avoidance goal has a negative connotation which would be things we try to avoid or restrict. For someone looking to improve their diet, an approach goal would be to be eat more vegetables. On the other hand, an avoidance goal might include avoid eating desserts or processed foods with high sugar content. The more we add a positive outcome to the behaviour change
Make yourself accountable
Holding yourself accountable means showing up and completing the tasks you set for yourself. There are a variety of strategies to stay accountable such as having a solid support system. Find a friend or family member to share your goals with that can ensure you’re staying on track and to check in with you. When you create fitness goals, working with a Kinesiologists not only keeps you accountable but also ensures you’re taking the correct measures to achieve your goals.
Is 2023 the year to finally tick off one of your new year’s goals? Please give Longevity Nexum Barrie a call ( 905)244-3075