January is underway – how are you doing with those New Year’s Resolutions? A recent study shows that a whopping 80% of people who set a New Year’s resolution fail by the second week of February and for those who make it that far only 8% see it through for the entire year! Where some people see failure, New Westminster Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Allana Polo, sees opportunity! She wants to help people get back on track to make 2019 their healthiest year yet!
“If you’re on the brink of abandoning your resolutions, you’re not alone. Crumpling up your page of resolutions isn’t something to be ashamed of. Likely the problem isn’t you but the type of goals you set,” says Dr. Polo. “Before you throw in the towel, hit the reset button and be smart about it. Make sure the goals you set are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based. Apply each term to your goals, and follow my tried and true tips below for a greater chance of success this year!”
Dr. Polo’s Tips For Greater Success In Achieving New Year’s Resolutions:
1. Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals | Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Relevant. Time-based. (Dr. Polo can go more in depth about what each of these looks like by request.)
2. Replace habits, don’t eliminate – Instead of cold-turkey quitting potato chips, replace them with something healthier that satisfies your crunch cravings. Like almonds or roasted chickpeas. This also helps you navigate social settings where there might not be a healthier option. Having a few potato chips at a party is no big deal if you have replaced them in all the places you can control, like your kitchen pantry.
3. Remember your WHY – Coming back to your ‘why’ in your moments of doubt or deflation can be the thing that sets you back on track. Are you working toward better health so you can enjoy watching your kids grow up? Put a nice family picture up near your treadmill at home. A visual reminder can sometimes be more effective than a mantra or vision in your head. But decide what works to help you remember your why.
4. Find support – Perhaps it’s an online community, family members, friends or colleagues. Find sources of support that you can check in with or who will check in with you as you journey toward your goal. Better yet, enlist them to join you and be in accountability partnership!
5. Stay accountable to yourself – Keep track via apps, a diary or a chart to track your progress. I find that those who monitor their own behaviour ultimately do a better job of sticking to their initial plan.
6. Limit your goals – Choose 1 or 2, not 10. This keeps you from getting overwhelmed and gives you enough time to make progress. Successfully modifying even 1 or 2 areas of your life can have a positive effect on other areas. Your quality of life can change with just a couple simple moves in the right direction.