Veterinary Chris Hong
Director, Registered Psychologist
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It’s that time of year again!

New years resolutions, #newyearnewyou and it’s no surprise gym memberships soar in Jan & Feb.

By now many of us have made our ‘new years resolution’ in the back of our minds:

“This year I’ll make it to the gym more”
”This year I’m going to cut down on the alcohol consumption”
”This year I’ll lose the weight and eat healthy”
”This year I’m going to address that issue in my relationship”
etc etc…

How many times have you loosely set the same resolution or goal?
And yet here we are. . .

But what if this year were different?

Instead of having a half assed new years resolution that you probably spent no more than a few minutes briefly thinking about, why not try something different?

Before identifying your goal, think about what you want to achieve broadly.
Now think about why that’s important to you. How does it add value or improve you or your families life?
Get in touch with your ‘why - this is what you’ll draw on for motivation on those tough days, when you don’t feel like it and your minds offering you all of those excuses.

Now identify what your goal is - be specific. “Going to the gym 3 times a week” is not specific. You’ll likely end up on the treadmill watching tv or throwing some weights around for a weeks until the novelty wears off.

So you want to lose weight? How much? Write yourself a schedule and program that’s realistic, if you don’t have this knowledge, book in to see a professional who can assist you.

You want to be a better parent or partner? Break it down and explore HOW you’re going to improve.

What ever your goal, make it specific and realistic to start.
Put time in your schedule each month to review your progress and then plan what amendments need to be made to maintain your progress.

Only 51 weeks to go for the next one, get cracking!

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