It’s six days into the new year—have you been able to stick with your New Year’s resolutions?
According to a story on Healthday.com, you’ll be more likely to keep those resolutions if you establish realistic and achievable goals.
Luis Manzo, the executive director of student wellness and assessment at St. John’s University, says too many people try to do too much too fast and set unattainable goals. And that sets them up for failure,.
Dr. Manzo says “There is no sense in making a resolution to wake up every morning at 5 a.m. and run five miles if you know you are not a morning person and you’ve never run more than a mile in your life. Such a goal will just demoralize you when you are unable to stick to it.”
Instead of that, Manzo suggests we play to our strengths and set goals that we can actually meet.
He says “Maybe a more realistic goal is running after work for 20 minutes two days during the week and once on the weekend for 25 minutes. Start small, build your confidence and your motivation will skyrocket.”
Dr. Manzo has a number of other suggestions to help you stick with your resolutions.
Set aside time each day to work on your goals. For example, if you want to exercise, put it in your calendar.
Make your resolution part of your routine. The more you do this, the easier it will be to achieve your goal.
And surround yourself with people who are supportive of your goals. From a biblical perspective, First Thessalonians 5:11 says “encourage one another and build each other up.”
I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.
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