Tips for Success: New Year’s Resolutions, by Dr. Michael Meir, M.D.

Tips for Success: New Year’s Resolutions, by Dr. Michael Meir, M.D.

I am sure most of you have already made certain resolutions to accomplish in this New Year… You promise to do or stop doing certain things to improve or expand yourself.

By Dr. Michael Meir
 
Some examples are:
• Change negative attitudes or habits
• Lose weight
• Exercise more
• Eat better
• Drink less alcohol
• Quit smoking
• Become more assertive
• Improve finances: get out of debt, save money
• Improve career: get a better job
• Improve education and grades
• Spend more time with family & friends
• Smile more often
• Listen to your heart. Trust your gut feelings more
• Become more organized, reduce stress, be less grumpy, manage time
• Become more independent and reliable, perhaps watch less television
 
This year you will be able to succeed if you follow the following  tips:
 
SET CLEAR GOALS: Instead of deciding to “lose weight” set a specific goal like lose a pound or two each week. Remember that each goal should be measurable, visible and possible. One or two pounds a week fulfills these characteristics. If you decided to quit smoking cut the first week in half and the next week in half until you stop completely.
Saving money you can choose to put aside a certain amount of money each day or each week steadily and have the determination to resist temptation.
 
KEEP TRACK: Weigh yourself twice a week and if you did not lose the pound you promised, adjust your diet.Increase exercises regularly, reduce the daily drinking. And do not to get discouraged by fluctuations and do not use it as an excuse to drop your whole plan!!! Self-monitoring is vital to any kind of resolution, and this monitoring will do the grunt work for you.
 
DON’T OVERREACT TO A LAPSE: Just keep focused and start over again.  
 
REWARD YOURSELF OFTEN: If you use willpower and self discipline to achieve your desired goals, you will derive actual pleasure of what is seems there are deprivations. When you use it to gain something, you can wring pleasure out of the dreariest tasks. Your self esteem will improve.   Even the smallest and silliest rewards can make a difference. If you want your willpower to last all year, every little bit helps and these “little rewards” help more than you might imagine.
 
BABY STEPS: Take small and clear steps. Remember that sleep is just as important for your health as getting exercise, fresh air and good food.
 

WHY DO PEOPLE FAIL WITH THEIR RESOLUTIONS?…

Most people start out with the best of intentions but the worst of strategies, expecting that they’ll somehow find the willpower to resist temptation after temptation. If making more money is your goal, do not exchange it for voluntary prestigious positions.
 
Remember, for things to change, you have to change. Happy New Year!