Type: Make sure that your resolution is reasonable and attainable. In order to do this you may have to break it down and set smaller goals. For example if you want to be a better parent this year: be more patient with my kids and serve healthier snacks. Or if you want to shed some extra weight: make healthy food choices and exercise more.
Goals: Every resolution has a reason. What's yours? Get very clear on why you are making a change.
Preparation: Have physical reminders of what your doing and why. This includes reminders or encouraging words. Examples inched: a note you keep in your pocket/wallet, post-it notes on the refrigerator or bathroom mirror, etc. Also, images or items that remind you of what you are doing and help you stay on track like the dress you want to fit into or a picture of that amazing vacation home.
Action: Take baby steps so that you stay on track and don't get overwhelmed. Some examples: If you want to Nurture yourself by trying to avoid the stressful part of your resolution. If you are quitting smoking avoid hanging out with people or in places that make you want to smoke or if you are getting into mountain biking start with an easier trail for a while so that you can avoid the stress.
Outlook: The purpose of resolutions is for us to become better versions of ourselves. You want the positive outcome or you wouldn't even go there! So focus on the fact that you are making a major accomplishment. The change, whatever it is (find love, be a more involved father, take up rock climbing etc.), is significant to the person who is making the change, so don't compare yourself to others. In the same line: don't judge or criticize those set by others.
Congratulations: Congratulate yourself regularity and surround yourself with people who acknowledge your hard work. Plan out rewards for your accomplishment that are appropriate and feel like a real treat.
To your continued health and happiness in 2012!
Birchann Paffenbarger, D.C.
Infinite Potential Chiropractic