Sunday, December 30, 2012

Another Resolution? Really?!

What did you resolve to change last New Year's Eve?  Do you even remember?  Most people don't!  Others remember all too well because they have made the same resolution year after year after year!

Although it is tempting to swear off cigarettes, lose weight, and run three marathons in the upcoming twelve months, New Year's is (arguably) the worst time of the year to make the decision to do so.  Think about it.  You have just come through the hectic holiday season.  Your routine has been disrupted for weeks.  It's the middle of winter.  You may be out celebrating and drinking with friends and family.   You have, probably, not taken the time to derive a plan to achieve your goal. 

I do not believe that New Year's "Resolutions" are effective (and in fact, statistically over 80% of people fail - most before January is over), but I do think it is useful to take time to think about the year ahead.  What do you want to accomplish?  What is working well in life, and what needs to change?  What steps are you truly committed to taking to reach your goals?  What would achieving these goals mean to you and your loved ones?  What would it feel like?

I encourage you to give yourself at least a few days to reflect on the year that is about to end, decide what you really want to change, and then go for it!  Think back and assess your accomplishments for the year and consider how much you have grown as an individual.  Also, think about what you might have done differently and what you have learned from your experiences.

The two most popular New Year's Resolutions seem to be to lose weight and to quit smoking. But, if there is no "meat" behind the resolution, you are destined to fail.   Deciding to start your diet on New Year's Day is a recipe for disaster.  It is no different than starting a diet on Monday.  Be honest - how many times have you binged on a Sunday night in anticipation of your new diet on Monday morning?  New Year's is the same scenario. 

In order to be successful in achieving your goals (a.k.a. "resolutions") for the New Year, you must find what motivates you.  In other words, find the internal motivation propelling you toward your goal.  Why do you really want to achieve it?  If you are losing weight or quitting smoking to please your spouse or your doctor, you are motivated by external factors.  Your success will very likely be short-lived.  You need to make lifestyle changes for YOU!

Other steps to consider while pursuing your goals include:
  •  Seeking support - from family members, friends, a Personal Coach, etc.
  •  Writing your goals down
  • Chunking your goals into smaller, achievable goals - have a plan!
  • Allowing adequate time to reach your goals - there are usually no quick fixes that provide long-term solutions (e.g., diet pills or starvation diets will provide minimal results and will only work in the very short-term; you will not lose 80 lbs. in a week!)  In other words, are you being realistic?
  • Quantifying your goals - how will you measure success?  To simply state that you want to lose weight is too broad.  Exactly how many pounds do you want to lose?  See the difference?
  •  Setting a time limit - what is the deadline to achieve your goal?  
      Life can be challenging and overwhelming.  Day-to-day tasks and obligations can keep us very busy, making achieving new goals seem impossible.    We tend to get caught up in routines and habits that may no longer be serving us.  If it's time for you to get serious about creating extraordinary change in your life, consider empowering yourself with a Coaching program.
     To help you get started, I am offering a limited number of FREE PHONE SESSIONS to help you achieve Rapid Results!  For information and to reserve your spot, please call (732-842-3515) or email me ( and reference this Special Blog Offer.    I'm looking forward to hearing about what you would like to work on this year!

Best wishes for a Happy, Healthy, Successful New Year!
~Coach Jenna

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