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A New Year, a New You!
Tips for a Successful (and Healthy) New Year’s Resolution

By Dr. Samuel Ascioti

For many of us, a new year offers a “second chance” with hindsight of what worked well, what didn’t work so well, and what should be done better as we progress into the new year. Maybe 2016 wasn’t the greatest year for you or your family; perhaps it was one of your best years ever! Regardless of how 2016 played out, 2017 presents itself as a clean slate.

Many individuals decide to pursue one singular goal: the mythic New Year’s Resolution. Resolutions are almost always intended to better one’s self in some way, such as through diet, exercise, organization, etc. There is no right or wrong resolution; rather, a resolution should depend on what the individual wants to achieve.

Often, making a New Year’s Resolution is easier than actually accomplishing it! According to Forbes, just around 8% of those who make a New Year’s Resolution actually end up achieving their goal (1). At first glance, this low percentage can be pretty discouraging, but fret not! A few simple tricks can help make that Resolution a bit easier to accomplish!

First, think of what you want your New Year’s Resolution to be, and identify why it is so important to you.
Maybe you want to…

(These are just a few simple ideas to kick start your own individual New Year’s Resolution.)

Now that you have your resolution in mind, write it down and share it with friends!!! A study conducted at Dominican University concluded that individuals who wrote down their goals and shared their goals with a friend were more likely to succeed than those who did not write them down and did not share. (2) Having a Resolution written down (and maybe even displayed in your home) is the best first step anyone can take when tackling a new goal.
After your goal is written down, set a plan for how you want to accomplish your resolution. A good resolution should be:

Setting a New Year’s Resolution can be a fun exercise in discipline and motivation, and can have tremendous benefits for the individual who works to achieve her resolution.

Feel free to share your New Year’s Resolution with your Chiropractor! If your New Year’s Resolution is health or wellness related, your Chiropractor may be able to offer pertinent advice! If you need any help creating, planning, or sticking to your New Year’s Resolution, your Chiropractor should be more than happy to set you on the right path to achieving your goal!

References:

  1. Diamond, D. (2013, January 1). Just 8% of People Achieve Their New Year's Resolution. Here's How They Did It. Retrieved December 19, 2016, from http://www.forbes.com/sites/dandiamond/2013/01/01/just-8-of-people-achieve-their-new-years-resolutions-heres-how-they-did-it/#21a7b4af304c
  2. Dominican University of California. Study Focuses on Strategies for Achieving Goals, Resolutions. Retrieved December 19, 2016, from http://www.dominican.edu/dominicannews/study-highlights-strategies-for-achieving-goals
  3. Johansson, A. (2016). 5 Ways to Stick With Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2017. Retrieved December 19, 2016, from http://www.lifehack.org/504080/5-ways-stick-with-your-new-years-resolutions-2017
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