Monday, April 9, 2012


It seems like just yesterday we were watching the ball drop as we toasted to the fresh start of a New Year. As we speed thru the first hundred days of 2012, many of us have forgotten the resolutions and promises we made to ourselves. We had all sorts of plans, goals and aspirations that we wanted to attain. Then somewhere along the way, we lose heart, as the hustle and bustle of everyday life gets in the way. Some of us have even given up all together on the things we wanted to accomplish. Feeling that it is too late to start now or settling back into old habits is not uncommon. But whether your resolve was to quit smoking, lose weight or to save more this year, it's NOT too late to pick up right where you left off.

Here are some useful tips to help you finish what you started:

1. Be realistic! Set a specific achievable goal that allows you to plan out exactly how you can accomplish it. Instead of saying "I want to lose weight" say, "I want to lose 10 pounds."

2. Don't take on more than you can handle! Pick just one goal to focus all your energy on and make tiny steps towards reaching it.

3. Teamwork makes the dream work! Find someone with a similar goal that you can work with to achieve your goal together. Using the buddy system helps to keep you motivated.

4. Tell other people! Discuss your objectives with trust worthy family and friends so that they can support you through the process.

5. Eliminate people, places or things that encourage old behavior! Your environment can make you or break you. So keep motivated by being around others who will encourage you, not hinder you.

6. Stick it through! Be patient with yourself. Keep in mind that change is a process, so don't give up prematurely. Remember that life is a marathon not a sprint!

Kieffer Pearce
Director of PR & Marketing
Duffy & Bracken, PT

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