Happy New Year 2019!
I love the excitement of heading into a brand new year. The new year signifies renewal. Release. Letting go. Freedom. New beginnings....
How exciting! As we embark upon new year 2019, my personal ritual is to set aside a time for both introspective review and setting purposeful intention for the year ahead. I begin by lighting three white candles and playing tranquil music to attract positive energy. I then acknowledge all the year's blessings and accomplishments, honor and bless the people that helped or hindered my path, let go and forgive that which no longer serves me, and appreciate all that I am grateful. I then set blessings and overall intentions for the new year to come.
I’ve never been one to set New Year’s resolutions. I prefer to set small attainable goals as needed throughout the year, rather than one large goal at the beginning of the year.
However, New Year’s resolutions are quite popular. There are many theories as to how far they go back. Merriam-Webster quotes numerous pledges dating as far back as the 1600’s. It also cites speculation from an unknown author that New Year’s resolutions dates back well over 200 years giving people in the early 19th century—much like those today—an excuse for misbehavior up to New Year's Eve.
Today, many people still set New Year’s resolutions and try to achieve them. Most resolutions are based around self-improvement including losing weight, quitting smoking and/or drinking, and improving finances. Though over 40% or more Americans make New Year’s Resolutions, according to the University of Scranton research just 8% of people achieve their New Year's goals. Many of these resolutions do not even last a few weeks.
The question remains, why do so many people fail at goal-setting, and what are the secrets behind those who succeed?
There are many experts that study how the brain works in an attempt to explain the science behind why we make resolutions, and more relevantly, how we can keep them.
It basically comes down to this:
Set simple, tangible and specific goals; track your efforts.
Maybe you have set a goal to lose a few pounds, exercise more, eat healthier or get a chronic health condition under control. Perhaps you want to spend less, reduce your stress or find a new job, release the ongoing struggles of dysfunctional relationships, or just love yourself more.
The key to success in attaining your goals and sticking to them is getting some help. This allows you to assess your specific priorities, create a simple, tangible plan, and be held accountable along the way until you ultimately achieve your wellness goals.
A wellness plan If you currently do not have a wellness plan (most people don't!), this is where a health coach comes in. Your coach will help you determine where to start breaking your goals into attainable, specific, tangible goals that are guided specifically for you based on an assessment of your needs, priorities and health assessment.
Who needs a coach? "Everyone needs a coach," according to Bill Gates in his opening words of his TED Talk with impact. Whether you’re a basketball, player, tennis player, gymnast, bridge player or someone trying to get reach any goals, we all need people to provide feedback, see things objectively, push us beyond our limits, and drive us to change.
An insightful coach educates, inspires and empowers you to take your wellness into your own hands long-term. You will gain tailored information, tools and resources so that you can practice life-long health and well-being. You will not be given a one size fits all, short term fix that may set you up for failure.
Tracking efforts. Experts recommend the key to attaining your goals is tracking and sharing your efforts. You and your coach work together to share both your efforts and struggles in a confidential environment so that you can discuss and adjust as needed. More often than not, people who fail to keep their resolutions blame it on their own lack of willpower. Surveys report repeatedly that a lack of self-determination is the hurdle to achieving goals. A coach alleviates this problem.
So, I now challenge you to ask yourself, “how many times have I set a resolution like this before?” Why not let this year be the year for you.
If you are ready for lasting, healthy lifestyle changes, CONTACT ME for a FREE health consultation. Let’s get the conversation started and determine how I can support you on your health journey in 2019.
Wishing you a happy, joyful, and healthy 2019!
Pamela Schubloom, CHC, CPC
Holistic Health Coach
Brand New Day Wellness