Tips for maintaining those New Year’s resolutions
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
It’s a new year and millions of Americans across the nation are starting afresh with annual resolutions they fully intend to stick with over the next 12 months.
According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, 45 percent of Americans annually make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, get organized, quit smoking and more. For some, following through with such resolutions is as simple as jotting them down on a piece of paper. For others, staying true to a list of resolutions is as tough as erasing said list, after it’s been written in permanent marker – not very successful.
In fact, only about 8 percent of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions each year, according to an article at Forbes.com.
A few suggestions for you
Dr. Lynn Wagner, an integrative medicine physician at BayCare Clinic has a few simple suggestions to help you do a bit better than 92 percent of the American population when it comes to maintaining focus on those New Year’s resolutions.
“The key is to take it one small step at a time and make allowances for temporary failure, with a strong emphasis on the word, temporary,” she said. “It’s fine to slip up and fail, the key to success is not allowing a brief setback to be the sole determining factor in the success – or failure – of your overall efforts to see it through with your New Year’s resolutions.”
5 tips for maintaining those New Year’s resolutions
- Positive affirmations: There is power in remaining positive. It leads to a more productive mindset and helps to focus you in on a specific outcome.
- Define your goal(s): Make vague goals and expect to fail. Make well-defined goals and have a plan of attack, and success won’t be far off.
- Avoid previous resolutions: Repeating last year’s failed resolutions can easily be a set-up for frustration, repeat failure and major disappointment.
- Tell others about your goals: Spread the word among family and friends. Go on record as having New Year’s resolutions. That way you’ll have built-in support and encouragement when you’re wavering or (even better) when you’re doing well.
- Be patient: The experts say it takes about 30 days for a New Year’s resolution or activity to become a habit and half a year for it to become consistent. It won’t happen overnight, so be persistent and patient and expect to revert to your old habits on occasion, but get back on track as soon as you can.
You can do it
Best of luck as you make and begin following through with your New Year's resolutions. Take it one step at a time, one victory at a time and you'll surely reach your New Year’s resolution goals.
Dr. Lynn Wagner is an integrative lifestyle medicine physician with BayCare Clinic. She is fellowship trained in Integrative Medicine and offers this increasingly popular approach to healthcare to patients in Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Dr. Wagner is also board certified in Emergency Medicine which gives her a unique combination of skills to care for her patients.
Away from the office, the Green Bay area native enjoys running, cycling with her family, hiking, spending time with her family and relishes the excitement of all the outdoors activities Wisconsin’s winter season has to offer.