Are your New Year’s resolutions realistic?

About half of all Canadians set New Year’s resolutions, but less than 10 percent are successful in achieving them. There are a number of reasons for this high level of failure – two key ones being that our goals are often unrealistic; and that we tend to adopt an all-or-nothing attitude to what constitutes success.

As an example, a goal of losing 25 pounds with or without a plan in place may be unrealistic, but a goal of losing just 10 lbs, with a proper plan in place to help you achieve your goal, may be much more achievable. Similarly, if one has a goal of losing 25 lbs but only loses 5 lbs, we often don’t see this as a positive step towards our goal, we only see failure – the 20 lbs we didn’t lose.

And so today, with Christmas almost here and just a couple of weeks left until 2016, I thought I’d share a few tips to help you set and achieve your New Year’s resolutions.

  1. Make realistic goals: Focus on goals that can be achieved and that will make a positive impact on your life.
  2. Develop an action plan: Outline the steps you will take to achieve your goal. Instead of just resolving to lose 10 pounds, create a plan that details the actionable steps you will take to achieve your goal.
  3. Share your resolutions: Tell your friends and family about your goal and ask for their support in helping you achieve it. By sharing your resolutions publicly you will hold yourself to account and may find yourself with a strong team ready to help you achieve it.

With goals and plans in place, motivation becomes critical to helping you put your plan into action day after day. Please click here for my eight tips to help you stay motivated.

Here’s to a healthy, happy and successful 2016!

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