New Years Resolutions: Are you still on track? What are New Years Resolutions anyway? They are goals… things that people want to change about themselves to make their life better. People always want to make changes to some area of their life to improve it. New Years is the time of year that causes you to consider your past, look at your current life situation, and decide what you want to change to make your future brighter & better. This is great! You spend time considering what you want, you give thought to what you could (or should) change, and you decide to take action… what a great way to begin the New Year!
What’s wrong with this picture then? We should all be healthy, happy, and hopeful in our lives… but that is not the case. According to popular research (Psychology Today), half of us will set at least one New Years’ Resolution and the top resolutions are behavioral issues that relate to improving our health (quitting smoking, exercising, eating healthier). Why, then, do we continue to do this year after year (after year) if it works so well?
Because it doesn't! Most people fail in adhering to their stated New Year's resolutions. Specifically, 22% fail after one week, 40% after one month, 50% after three months, 60% after six months, and 81% after twenty-four months (Norcross& Vangarelli, 1988, as cited by Richard Koestner 2008, p. 60).
What can YOU do to improve your odds of keeping your own resolutions? Some common reasons that prevent people from succeeding are not establishing clear or attainable goals, not having accurate information relating to your goal, and lack of accountability and support. I can help you succeed, not just with your New Years’ resolutions, but with your life! Your goals should be long-term and ones that you can (and will) succeed at!
According to Wellcoaches (the gold standard in the wellness coaching):
* Professional coaches have long been recognized for their skills in helping athletes, sports teams, and executives perform at their best. Now, professional coaches are assisting clients to make lasting improvements in their health and well-being.
* The emerging professions of wellness, health, and fitness coaches are designed to enable people to be done with quick fixes, to overcome their challenges, to master health and well-being, and to make changes that last.
What better time than New Years can you imagine to start making the changes that you want, but long-lasting, permanent changes, changes that I will help you accomplish and make a part of your life. New Years’ resolutions are goals… my job is to help you establish, achieve, and maintain goals to improve your life. This is a lifestyle, not a resolution. You want, and deserve, the best life possible. I will help you get it!
Best of Health,
Jamie Bajgert, CWP