Did you open the newspaper on January 1st?
If you watched the local news, read the paper, or browsed any blogs, you probably came across at least a few articles discussing fitness-tracking watches, weight loss advice, and pros and cons of new year resolutions.
The Sacramento Bee quoted recent research showing that “while 45 percent of Americans make resolutions, only 8 percent are successful in keeping them and more than 30 percent give up in the first month.
And although it’s true that the majority of new year resolutions fail, I personally don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong about creating new year resolutions.
They can actually be helpful, if done the right way.
What will make the biggest difference whether or not you keep your resolution is how you go about setting it in the first place
My advice is to pick 3-4 categories of your life – health/wellness, personal, professional, for example, and then focus on ONE thing in each category that will make the biggest impact.
How do you want to feel in your body this year? How do you want to feel at work this year? What do you want your relationships to feel like this year?
Once you come up with ONE thing in each category, then do that ONE thing and do it well.
Research shows that our will-power is a limited resource, so if you want to make a big change in your life, you have to focus on just one goal at a time.
To continue the new year resolution conversation, the Sac Bee recently rounded up a few health and wellness gurus in the Sacramento area, and asked Maria to contribute to the new year resolution talk. Here is what Maria had to say.