Shoot for the moon. If you miss, you’ll still reach the stars.
Dream it, and you can be it. Obstacles are only visible when you lose sight of your goals.
Sayings like these make goat achievement sound like a cinch. The truth is that setting and accomplishing goals isn’t as simple as it sounds. Because resolutions are often health-related,Soft Touch Chiropractic wants to help patients follow through with them.
Dr. Shamaeizadeh has gathered techniques from recent research to help you establish objectives that will stay around way past Jan. 1. Read on for tips on creating and sticking with New Year’s resolutions.
Select and Frame Goals With Care
If you’re like most people, coming up with goals — from health and finances to family — is no problem. To determine which goals are most important, give each goal a priority. Focus only on one or two goals that top the list
Frame goals around conditions over which you have as much control as possible. Goals based on personal achievement and acquiring skills or knowledge are more attainable than goals with outcomes beyond your control.
While it is vital to challenge yourself, choose only realistic goals. The saying that “procrastination is perfectionism in disguise” is true. You are more likely to tackle missions that you know you can actually complete.
For example, if your goal is fitness oriented, consider setting a goal of exercising each day rather than finishing in the top 10 of a race. With “outcome” goals, such as winning
race or being promoted at work, many factors are outside of your command. Ineffective management, bad weather, injury and others’ poor judgment can sabotage your success.
Begin With Baby Steps
Have prior failures made you leery about whether you’ll follow through with your goal? Do you lack inspiration to start or feel that you just don’t have enough time?
Relax, you’re not alone! Feeling overwhelmed by resolutions is not uncommon, but there’s a simple solution: Dr.Shamaeizadeh suggests you start by breaking down a goal into small, measurable mini-steps.
the goal “clean up the house exterior so house will sell” is much too vague and broad to inspire. Small, incremental steps to meet the primary goal are much more manageable. Each small step should be something that you can visualize, such as “pick an exterior paint color” or “trim hedges of front bushes.”
Research shows that considering goals in terms of small, manageable increments is the best way to attain them. In a study performed in Ontario, Canada, researchers asked 96 participants to perform a complex task.
Individuals who tackled the assignment by identifying and executing specific steps were much more corn-miffed than those with general goals to do their best.
The researchers explained that identifying strategies to accomplish the small steps increased the participants’ self-efficacy. Self-efficacy is an individual’s personal estimate of his or her own ability to reach a specific goal. The researchers found that self- efficacy further increased performance and determination (J Organizational Behav 2001;22:291-307).
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