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New Years Resolution

Happy New Year everybody! I hope you had an awesome holiday and here’s wishing you a fantastic 2012!

That said, every year people always seem to strive hard to start off the New Year with a good beginning. It’s like we get a clean slate to start over and so many people make “resolutions”.

What is a resolution anyway? WikiAnswers states that a “resolution is a formal expression on opinion. Resolution means to solve a problem. It is the solution to a conflict/problem”.

Now would it be safe to say we all have conflicts or problems that we need to solve? Problem is, we don’t always find a solution to fix our problem, so we get caught in the psychological trap that the coming of a New Year will help bring a new resolution to a problem we haven’t yet fixed.

We plan with the best laid intentions to fulfill our resolutions, but somehow only a select few have the mental willpower, tenacity and relentlessness to keep up their resolutions until they solve their problem.

I don’t have the answer on how to give you the ability to see your resolutions through. However, I can offer you this piece of advice…

How bad do you REALLY want to solve your problem/conflict? If you want it BAD enough, you will succeed in fulfilling your resolution(s).

So, how bad DO you want it? If it really means that much to you, like getting enough air to breathe, then you will achieve your goals.

Let me give you an example…                                 

How Bad Do You Want It

A young man went to a “guru” and said he wanted to make money and be successful. The “guru” asked him how bad does he want to be successful? “Bad, sir, real bad”. The “guru” said ok son, that’s good, follow me, and walked waist deep into a lake. The young man was puzzled and told the guru that he didn’t want to learn how to swim, he wants to make money and be successful. With that, the guru pushed the man’s head into the water and held it there for several seconds as the man thrashed about. When the guru let him up, the young man was gasping for air. Angry and confused, he asked the guru why he tried to drown him? The guru calmly looked at him and said, “Son, how bad did you want to breathe? You thrashed about wildly, fighting mightily to get the most precious thing there is in life, oxygen, the ability to breathe. You wanted air so bad you did everything you could to get it. Now how bad do you want to be successful? If you want it bad enough, you will do everything in your power to get what you want”.

Okay, so how bad do you really want to make some changes, or resolve some conflict, or fix some problem? If you don’t want it bad enough, then I suggest not even getting caught up in the trap of setting New Year’s resolutions.

As a matter of fact, did you know that in 2010 CNN.com reported that “experts say most people will fail at following through on their resolutions”.

What I really find interesting is that CNN also reported that the number one New Years resolution every year is to LOSE WEIGHT.

If this is on your 2012 New Years resolution list, might I suggest either heeding my example above about the “guru” or following these simple tips offered by Clinical Psychologist Mark Crawford of Roswell, Georgia:

1. Be specific about your goal.

“Saying that you want to lose weight is way too general,” Crawford said. “You should set specific goals, like you want to lose 5 to 10 pounds.”

2. Set a realistic goal.

Make sure you set something achievable and sustainable.

3. Establish a plan to reach your goal.

“Say things like I’m going to exercise four times a week, and I’m going to eat smaller portions,” said Crawford.

4. Set a time frame to reach your goal.

“Thirty days is a manageable goal to start with, and then go from there,” he said.

Above all, Crawford says stay the course. “You will make mistakes,” he said.”You will have slip-ups, it is part of it.” But never use it as an excuse to give up.

The National Institutes of Health notes “the key to successful weight loss is making changes in your eating and physical activity habits that you can keep up for the rest of your life.”

Of course being a Fitness Professional for over 15 years, and a health advocate on some level for over 25 years, I would agree with CNN, the NIH and Crawford’s recommendations.

However, one final thought I would like to add on this whole New Year’s resolution concept is:  Although getting healthy and losing weight should be high on anyone’s priorities, and not just as a New Year’s resolution, I also think that your 2012 resolutions should include loving family members.

Every family member is dependent on each other and so spending time with family is very essential. Many successful businessmen and women throughout history have been quoted that one of their biggest regrets is not spending enough time with their families when they could’ve. Spending time with the family gives a person a chance to know each other, share feelings with each other, share sorrow and joy, share in triumphs and setbacks. This resolution combined with leading a healthier and fit lifestyle are indeed important resolutions that will give you deeper fulfillment in life.  It will make you feel better too! : )

Just remember to stick to it, never give in to excuses, never give up, and get after it like it’s as important as the air you need to breathe!

I would like to wrap up with one last thought.  Give the gift of health!

Whether it’s a juicer or food processor, a gift card to a local health food store, a fresh fruit or veggie platter, massage or acupuncture treatment, a good clean eating cook book, or a gift certificate to a local gym or personal trainer, give your loved ones something meaningful and healthy for them as a wonderful way to show you care and start their New Year off on the right foot! (I got my wife a food processor and cook book).

As always, I would love for you to share your feedback with me. By providing me feedback I can target more of what you would like to read. So by helping me I can help you! Please let me know your thoughts.

Thank you.

Source: CNN.com http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/diet.fitness/12/31/lose.weight.new.resolution/index.html

My best to you all,

Todd G. Dattoli, M.S., Human Movement

Peak Condition Fitness                                   

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