New Year’s Resolutions, we have all made them. There is something profound about the celebration of a new year that compels people to engage in intense self-reflection that often leads to these resolutions and commitments to self-improvement.
It is safe to say that weight loss and healthy eating is a common selection, and these types of resolutions are probably more likely to fail than to succeed.
There are a variety of theories as to why this is, many focus on the fact that people simply make unrealistic resolutions that are just too difficult to maintain.
With that being said, I am not actually against resolutions, I salute and support people who are trying to better themselves.
In fact, today’s article is all about providing you with the insights you need to help improve your chances of success.
One of the most things you need to acknowledge before you make a resolution is your starting point.
For the sake of argument, let’s call Point A the person who currently does not eat well and has massive room for improvement and might be an “ideal” candidate for a weight loss resolution.
And let’s call Point E the person who is eating at an exceptionally high level, is at a healthy weight and is not really likely to need make a resolution to change (ideal end point).
In between Point A and Point E there are also Points B,C,D, which represent the points that someone reading today’s article is most likely to be at.
Now the path to the ideal end point, Point E, is different depending on which point you are starting from.
The steps that someone at Point A needs to take to achieve their resolution will be very different than the steps someone at Point D needs to make.
Knowing where you are at and understanding the first steps you need to take toward success is, in my opinion, the most important part of achieving your ultimate goal.
Let’s take a closer look at what it means to be someone at Point, A, B, C & D and shed light on how each of these different people have to take different first steps towards success.
Person at Point A – Pays no mind to healthy eating and thinks that is quite okay.
The good news is that, if you are reading today’s article, you are probably not at point A. If someone you care about is at Point A, and you want to do something about it, you can start by gently and non-invasively letting them know all the benefits that eating well would offer them and what it would mean to you personally if they would more closely consider it.
Person at Point B- Makes a resolution to eat healthier, but hasn’t laid any ground work.
Does this sound like you? If you at point B you have acknowledged that a change is necessary ( hence the resolution) but you have not really prepared yourself to succeed. This happens a lot. If you want to move on from point B, you need to seek out a better understanding of what it actually means to eat well and all of the changes that it will require in your daily life. You should seek out this information from reputable sources. You should also seek out the feedback from people you know and trust, who may have gone down a similar path and had success.
Person at Point C – Makes a resolution to eat healthier, and has already started preparing to put their plan into action.
If you are at Point C, you probably haven’t made your resolution lightly. You have probably already started researching what it means to eat well, planned on how you will carry it out in daily life or you may have already even seen a dietitian. If you are at this stage, you should share your goals and ambitions with those close to you. Your own drive and ambition will be heightened by the ownership and accountability associated with sharing your goals with loved ones. Even though you have made it this far, you are probably still not 100% confident you can make it all the way, and that’s okay.
Person at Point D- Makes a resolution to eat healthier, and has already started to.
People at this stage make a resolution to continue eating well, rather than to start eating well. They have taken ownership of their goal and begun to lay the ground work necessary for long-term success, but they have not been carrying out the change for that long. The major difference between People at Point D and at Point E (ultimate goal) is the duration for which they have been carrying out the change. The one thing that allows people to move from Point D to Point E is having strategies in place to ensure success, consistency and continuity in the face of challenges. This means that you need to embrace and be comfortable with what it means to truly eat well, not be following a crash diet or some other short-term diet solution.
The key message to keep in mind from today’s article is that you must identify your starting point. You need to know where you are at before you can navigate the path towards where you want to be.