It’s the end of January – and what’s going on with your goals for 2017? Are those goals on their way to completion – or have they become just dreams?
Every year a large proportion of the population make New Year’s Resolutions, but few make it to the end of the first month. Part of this is because of our subconscious working to ‘protect’ us against that uncomfortable thing – change!
I get people in my treatment room all the time who are suffering from pain or discomfort somewhere in their body as a result of something they are doing. That might be:
- Lower back pain from a poor posture while sitting at their desk
- Returning to the gym or sport before the healing has fully take place from a strain injury
- Continuing to do whatever caused the problem in the first place
- Not following the recommended exercise routine between treatments to strengthen or keep mobility and flexibility in a particular area.
While I can help to relieve the pain, I can’t stop it returning if they don’t make a change in their lifestyles.
I know they don’t WANT to be in pain, but to get results they need to make a change – sometimes quite a small one – and, although they have the best of intentions, somehow they find reasons not to.
Think of all the people (maybe you’re one of them) who include in their New Year’s goals:
- Get fitter
- Lose some weight
- Take some regular time-out just for yourself each week/month
- Take a weekly class in something to improve flexibility/strength/stamina
Why don’t they succeed – when they know that carrying out their plan will make a positive difference in their lives?
The answer is not having a plan! If I advise them they need to do some simple stretches daily – they don’t SCHEDULE those as part of their daily routine.
A friend of mine says the best way to get a new habit is to add it to an existing one. So maybe these stretches could be done before shaving, cleaning their teeth or while waiting for the kettle to boil. Eventually – usually after about 21-30 days – these become a habit you no longer have to think about, you just do it.
At the end of the day nobody can do these things for you – so are you ready to be fitter, healthier and enjoy life more?