With 2016 almost over, we now turn our attention to one last challenge – New Year’s resolution list. Every year’s the same – we start by drawing up a list with things that we want to change or to improve and, one month later, we end doing the same thing that we regretted during the last year.
New Year’s resolutions are all about goals aimed to change our lifestyle or the way we perceive what’s around us. Thing like: ‘I will give up red meat’ , ‘I’m going to hit the gym more often’, or ‘I’m going to save more money to do the things I like’, might sound great written on paper when you’re a bit tipsy, but come February they will be no more than distant memories.
As harsh as this statement might seem, it is the crude truth, and it will not change no matter how hard we try to sugarcoat it. The problem with keeping up our promises is that they are far too unrealistic. Losing weight or putting more money aside might seem like great goals, but what happens when someone or something derails them?
Of course, we become disappointed; we question our resolve, and, in the end, we abandon them. In fact, a new scientific study points out that less than 8 percent of people manage to keep their promises made on New Year’s Eve.
So what can we do to make our New Year’s resolution list more doable? Dr. Roberta Anding, a nutritionist, working at the Baylor College of Medicine, might have an answer to our dilemma. According to Anding, instead of setting restrictive and unrealistic goals, we should settle for something smaller, but achievable.
Dr. Anding calls these small goals resets. How do they work? Anding had the courtesy of explaining her system and to give us a few tips for free. So, let’s say that you want to take red meat off the menu for good. This sounds so final, doesn’t it?
Instead of setting such an unrealistic goal for the New Year, you should consider something more along the lines of: ‘I will eat red meat once or twice per week, but I will eat more vegetables.’ That way, it will be easier to remove red meat from your menu in the long run. The same principle applies to each item on your New Year’s resolution list.
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