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I am writing this post in January, amidst all of the hype of a new year and new resolutions and intentions and goals. We all do it. It is a new year and we are filled with hope that this time we will really change.
But sadly most people won’t go more than a month or two trying to make changes in the new year and then, back to old ways.
A quick Google search revealed the unsurprising statistic that only about 8% of people who make New year’s resolutions actually achieve thier goals. That means 92% of people who make them don’t keep them.
So maybe you made a resolution to lose weight or to bring your insulin levels down or get healthier. How can you increase your chances that you will really make your goals?
Keep those goals simple with actionable steps.
If your goal is to lose 25 lbs this year, it helps to break this goal into simple steps to get there. Just a goal to lose weight probably won’t do much. If you know how you are going to lose (I recommend including intermittent fasting as one piece), then you are part way there. So if you make it your goal to start fasting 3 x/week in order to lose weight, this is a goal that is much easier to measure and to achieve. We achieve our goals by one small step at a time, over and over. We achieve our goals by building new habits.
Get a community of support.
It is much easier to do things if you are not alone. We made for community and seeing that we are not in something alone can make a big difference.
Don’t forget that your subconscious thoughts are very significant for you in reaching your goals.
Many times we are not able to figure out what is going on in our subconscious, but realizing that those thoughts are key drivers of much of what we do and don’t do, does help when we hit roadblocks. It at least gives a direction to go and to consider as we try to figure out what things are not working for us.
Keep going even when it is not perfect.
If you make changes that you sustain in 2019, you will be starting from a stronger position in 2020. The question is what direction are you going? Most of the time we don’t just hold our place, but are going on way or the other. With weight you can hold your place, but most of us are gaining or actively trying to lose or at least somewhat active in maintaining weight. I lost 40 lbs in 2016 but if I can get passive and lazy, it will come back, so I have to be active to keep that weight from returning.