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Are You Goal Focused?

By Stephen R. Farris

The new year is practically here. We may have made a few resolutions, like losing weight, getting in better physical shape, cutting back on expenses, making more money, spending more time with family and things of that nature.

It's pretty much the same resolutions we've attempted from the previous year and the year before, and so forth and so on. For some reason or another, we simply lose focus on our resolutions at some point during the year. Maybe we set the bar too high. Maybe we didn't set it high enough, or we flat out lost interest in what we were trying to accomplish. We got lazy and just gave up on it.

So we just return to the person or situation we're accustomed to, because it's easier that way. I know. It's difficult sometimes to achieve changes in our lives. There are things that factor in such as work, school, kids, taking care of loved ones, the list can grow long as to the reason we failed or dropped the ball on our resolution.

However, consider this. It could be more of that we lost focus on our goal, our overall reason for seeking out and accomplishing what we started. We need a plan. Something solid that we keep us driven, focused and on track.

To break it all down the first thing we do at the start is tell ourselves this is where I need to be at this point. We begin the journey to make it to that point. But there are days we give in and decide we'll wait until tomorrow. So we put our goal off for a day. Eventually that one day turns into a couple of days the next week, then even more until the time comes when we were supposed to be at a certain level and we're no closer to reaching it than the day we started.

A different approach may be in order. Instead of biting out a big chunk, take smaller bites, but stay consistent in your endeavor. You can start by putting these five keys to use.

  • Precontemplation - Time before a change is considered
  • Contemplation - When a change is considered
  • Preparation - Making a plan
  • Action - Putting the plan in action
  • Maintenance - Maintaining consistency

Whatever your New Year's resolution may be, incorporate these keys into it, stay focused and follow through. Before you know it, you've overcome and achieved your goal.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in North Richland Hills, Tex.

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