Two extensive studies, Gallup and Franklyn Covey products, carried out in the last year show that failure to achieve fitness or weight loss goals – or any other new year’s resolutions – comes down to a disparity between goals set and expectation or desire.
Build up our desire and our expectation of success and we reduce the gap significantly enough to make sticking to our new year’s resolution easier or more achievable, say experts.
“I would also include patience,” says motivational trainer Gordon Hill. “The reason most people fail to stick to their new year resolutions is that they expect too much too soon – 10 years of poor diet and no exercise cannot be undone in 10 weeks. You need to be committed to a change in lifestyle.
On approaching 2015 and making some of those resolutions ourselves, we asked Extra readers and some regular contributors: Will you be dusting the cobwebs off the same old resolutions — and are you confident you can keep them?
Newton Mearns man Russell Macmillan, of East Renfrewshire Good Causes, said: “I resolve to get more good folk in East Ren coming together in growing number, and together we can all continue to ‘love our neighbours’.”
For southsider Raj Gill (now starring as the new Oxo mum in the company’s TV ads), the aim is to “stop procrastinating”.
She added: “I may be being naively optimistic — but no putting off til tomorrow what I can do today.”
Rabbi Mendel Jacobs, of Shul in the Park, told The Extra: “Though I would normally make my resolution on the Jewish new year, I would aim to help the community to increase acts of goodness to all those around us.”
And for trainer Gordon, the mission is “to continue my quest to complete all 282 munros before I’m 50, by climbing at least 20 more mountains in 2015.”
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