Nearly everyone has set a New Year’s resolution, but who amongst us has ever stuck with one? According to an American study, just 12% of people who set goals on January 1 hit their target by the end of the year. Not surprisingly, the same poll found that half of the people who make new years’ resolution don’t plan to achieve them. But deep down most of us really do want to change – it’s just that we don’t really know how to set resolutions that can ‘fit in’ with our life.
The phrase “go hard or go home,” works sometimes – such as when you are trying to do all of your Christmas shopping in one 2-hour session – but when it comes to behavioral changes, a total overhaul can be difficult to stick with. Vowing to take a major departure from your current lifestyle – like forgoing all sugar in your diet or going from zero gym visits to five a week – can quickly become discouraging. For goals such as losing weight, sticking with a fitness habit or even growing your savings account, small goals may be best. That’s because the more mini-achievements you make (over a gradual time frame), the easier it is to stick with larger, long-term lifestyle changes.
This idea of allowing small goals to snowball into a large change is based on the principle of self-efficacy. Scientists believe that this is a major reason that people often eat more healthfully after they start a fitness program i.e. a person’s confidence goes up as a result of sticking to a regular workout, leading them to believe that other health goals, such as more better eating habits, are within reach.
This is something that we know is true because it happens in our weight loss clinics all the time. There is nothing more rewarding than watching a new client, who once wouldn’t dream of even attempting exercise, suddenly want to get more active simply because they are enjoying good results and therefore develop the desire and confidence to exercise. They are not just interested in exercising because they feel ‘lighter’, it’s more because they have an increased confidence in their ability to achieve a goal…it’s almost like they have adopted the ‘anything is possible’ mantra.
So, if your new years’ resolution is to ‘lose weight’, it’s important to set some mini-goals (as well as the big picture goal of course!). For example, if you would like to lose 20kg, set the first mini-goal at 5kg. Once you reach your first ‘target’ you will begin to feel more in control of your health without feeling too overwhelmed. It seems that one goal ‘triggers’ the next and your belief in your own ability can help you along the way to your dream weight.
At The Natural Way, our weight loss consultants are trained to help you ‘set up’ your weight loss journey. From your intial consultation, your goals will be discussed and then, together, you will work on your first ‘mini-target’ so you know exactly where you are heading. Not only that, we will provide you with all the eating plans, formulations and support you need to ensure your weight loss success. And with our Healthy Living program, once you get to your goal, you will know exactly HOW to keep your weight off FOR LIFE!
To make your New Years’ resolution a reality, call us NOW on 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754663) and book your FREE appointment to find out more about our program. Our caring consultants are waiting to help you – after all, our goal is to help you achieve your goal.
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