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Resolve to Be Realistic by Rebecca Johnson, Psy. D., PC

The winter holidays are past. Gift wrapping has been thrown away, the tree is coming down, and left overs are long gone. The house has been cleaned. Now you can focus on YOU and what you want to accomplish this year. No pressure, right? Now you only have to commit to losing 20 pounds, going to the gym five times a week, eating healthier, drinking less coffee, lowering your blood pressure, cleaning out the basement, finally painting that room, and getting a promotion…

times we just give in to general social

schedule. This can also be a convenient

pressure (women are expected to set

excuse (I was going to go to the gym,

goals to lose weight and be healthier).

but I had to pick up the kids and go

The problem with this is that if you

to the grocery store, and by the time

aren’t doing it for you, you won’t be

dinner was made I just didn’t have the

very motivated to do the hard work and

energy!). The more goals you set, the

follow through. Motivation is a major

harder it will be to find the time and en-

predictor of success: motivated people

ergy to attend to those goals. It can also

will try harder and push past barriers

feel overwhelming having to remember

Before you set yourself up for failure, and

while unmotivated people are more

everything you’re supposed to do.

the self-loathing and depression that

apt to give up when things get tough.

is sure to follow, consider how realistic

If you are making a healthy choice for

your goals are, and who you’re doing

someone else, try to find a way to truly

them for. Here are three tips to help you

embrace the change by focusing on how

set realistic goals and accomplish them

it will benefit you.

without stressing yourself out:

3. CONSIDER DIVIDING YOUR GOALS INTO SMALLER, SUB-GOALS. Setting a large goal like “losing 15 pounds” or “going to the gym five days a week” when you never went before can

2. ONLY SET A FEW GOALS FOR THE YEAR

be daunting. Instead, set smaller goals,

Life is already busy, and making changes

ting to the gym at least twice a week.

Often times we feel pressured to

takes work. Any new endeavor will take

You’ll feel more accomplished as you hit

do things we think will make other

time to adjust to, and at first you might

‘mile markers’ instead of spending all

people happier or proud of us. Some-

feel like there simply isn’t time in your

year working towards a large goal. ✖

1. DECIDE WHY YOU ARE SETTING THE GOAL

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