Meaningful Resolutions

Sharon Rekieta, Fitness and Wellness Director - 17th January 2014

Many view the New Year as an ideal opportunity to make a resolution and enthusiastically embark on a program to lose weight, start exercising, or stop smoking.  After a few weeks, some are making progress and steadily moving towards achieving their goals while many more, despite their best intentions, are giving up and literally abandoning their resolve.

Are you in the latter group?  Is this the third, fourth or even tenth year that you are once again making the same resolution?

Instead of criticizing yourself for a lack of willpower or blaming outside forces that are seemingly out of your control, perhaps it’s time to approach the resolution-setting process from a different point of view.  Researchers have learned that lasting change has a better chance of happening for those who thoughtfully consider what they actually want.

“Thoughtful consideration” simply means allowing enough time for reflection so you will select a resolution that is meaningful for you.  Imagine for a moment that weight loss is your desired goal.  Carefully think about this goal and ask yourself if you are arbitrarily choosing weight loss because it’s the classic New Year’s resolution or because you’re jumping on the bandwagon of friends and family members who want to lose weight or if you’re simply following the familiar pattern of an objective set in previous years.

After some thought, you might realize that yes you do really want to lose weight; however, there is a deeper, underlying reason.  Instead of “losing weight” for the sake of pounds lost, you are actually hoping to fit into some of your favorite clothes, wanting to have the energy to run around with your grandchildren, or following your doctor’s advice to reduce your cholesterol and blood pressure.

While “losing weight” might help you accomplish any or even all of the above, making the reason personal gives the goal much more meaning.

Think about it this way—which of the following statements makes you feel more motivated?
I want to lose weight.
I want to have the energy to hold my granddaughter’s hand, see her smile and hear her laughter while we run around the park.  And if I drop a few pounds, I could do that a lot easier.

If you made a resolution this year and success already looks shaky, then take some time to really think about why your resolution is significant for you, how achieving this goal will positively impact your life and also how you feel about taking the steps to make the change.

By simply stating your resolution in more meaningful terms, this could be the year you follow through and achieve success!