It’s the start of a new year. A time full of hope, new beginnings, and new goals and resolutions. For many of us, our focus turns to our health and well-being. Over 50% of New Year’s resolutions are health-related. And from what most statistical data shows, only about 8% of those will reach there goals in the year ahead. That number goes down when discussing patients or those already suffering from health issues. So what can we do to improve the chance of actualizing our health goals? Let’s explore.
University of Scranton research suggests that just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals.
Identify Your Health Needs
While a goal of “I want to get healthy in 2018” probably has good intentions behind it, it’s just way too broad. The basis of health spans so many different criteria. Most of us concentrate on diet and exercise, although there are several other areas of health that may require priority over these two. We identified eight categories that foster sustainable health, each being vitally important to your overall well-being. But how will you know what to prioritize and address in your goals for this year?
We’re here to help with that as well. Reaching out to numerous doctors and patients, we created a test, otherwise known as a ‘Holistic Lifestyle Assessment‘ that breaks down which of the eight microcategories of health you should address first. By answering 24 questions honestly (that’s key here to getting truthful results), you’ll see how you fair in categories that include movement, diet, quiet, joy, environment, abundance, relationships, and connection. You’ll also get an explanation of each and what you can do to improve on these score.
Don’t Get Overwhelmed – Keep it Simple
One of the greatest pitfalls to reaching your goals is overwhelm. The fact is we are already bombarded with so much information, so many tasks, and never ending to-do lists that we can quickly reach a point of burnout. Hitting this point not only exhausts your physical body and depletes your adrenals, but it’s a surefire way to ensure you’ll be part of that 92% that do not reach their health goals.
There is even a psychological phenomenon known as “learned helplessness” where by stacking failed attempts at a goal compile to a point that inhibits our ability to make further attempts in the future. The key to breaking free of this cycle of overwhelm is to start setting small intents and accomplish them regularly. This is also known as the “science of small wins“. By simplifying goals to their smallest and simplest form, even the most daunting and challenging ones, and accomplishing them, losses become wins and confidence in your healing ability will be restored. In addition, you can create powerful neural network of positivity and feelings of accomplishment by breaking your goals down to their simplest form. An example of this is if your goal were to drink more water, then first thing upon rising, set a simpler goal and carry out the act of getting a glass of water. That’s it – simply by rolling out of bed, pouring yourself a glass of water and drinking it – and you’ve conquered that simple goal and are ready for the next.
Stick to a Plan
Research confirms that having a plan – a detailed daily ritual – greatly improves your chances of accomplishing your goal. We already addressed breaking down your goals into simple steps will help you leverage the science of small wins. Now you need to take that a step further and take those small steps and plot them into a systemic and organized schedule that create habits. Literally plotting our your next 2-3 months, day by day, with specific rituals at set times that will be a part of that daily life, will better prepare you for seeing through the specific actions that lead to success.
“Deciding in advance when and where you will take specific actions to reach your goal can double or triple your chances for success.”
— Heidi Grant Halvorson, Professor at Columbia University
One other technique that should be added to this plan of action is constructive visualization. Enormous amounts of research have been done into the neuroscience and physiology of visualization. It has been used for decades by world class olympic athletes as “mental rehearsal”, as well as top performing executives who vividly imagine themselves hitting specific numbers or reaching certain goals. Today, everyone from Michael Phelps to extreme sports athletes to advanced meditators and even cancer patients and patients of neurodegenerative disease all implement medically advised visualization techniques for one simple reason – it works!
Books on the science of habit and visualization:
- “The Power of Habit”, by Charles Duhigg
- “The Brain that Changes Itself”, by Norman Doidge
- “You Are the Placebo” or “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself”, by Dr. Joe Dispenza
- “Mind over Medicine”, by Dr. Lisa Rankin, MD
Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help
For many people, it’s important to feel accountable and have professional guidance. Even after you identify your specific health goal, you’ll still need to do your homework and research as to what are the best techniques, tips and activities that will guide you towards the finish line. But as we’ve found, it’s precisely those types of roadblocks (misinformation, contradictory research, an overwhelming number of sources) that can derail you. That’s where a specialized health program like ‘Empowered Healing‘ comes into play.
Utilizing over 12 years of data and feedback from doctor and patients from around the world, we constructed a 12-week wellness program that will show you how to implement all of the discoveries and principles that are geared to empower you and reclaim your health. Here’s what you can expect from this one-of-a-kind program:
- A holistic understanding of the underlying causes of illness and the critical (yet often overlooked) mechanisms that determine how people truly heal.
- How to start feeling better instantly and optimize your recovery response by learning and applying the scientific evidence that the body can heal itself.
- The 7 key fundamentals of health and how to address each of them in a personalized way that starts with your current individual-based priority.
- The ‘Healing Blueprint’ framework: A five step process for charting your own unique course back to health, starting from right where you are.
- How to solidify your newfound vitality, step fully into your healthiest self and sustain your new ‘set-point’ for the rest of your life.
With video-based lessons, interactive exercises, and downloadable program guides, you can now incorporate healing solutions found in the top medical centers around the world, from the comfort of your home.
The bottom line – health is your most precious asset, and setting goals to improve your current state of health are critical to ensuring long-term well-being. By identifying your needs, prioritizing the top needs, staying out of overwhelm and breaking things down to simple tasks, creating a plan that leads to rituals and habits, and finally utilizing professional help, you can go against the trends and find yourself in that minority of 8% of people who actually do accomplish their New Year’s goals.
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