New Year's Health

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Happy New Year! Some surveys show that a little under half of people make a New Year’s resolution. However, other studies show that many people who set resolutions quit after a few months! I’ve heard it said that the heaviest weight at the gym is the front door! We all have goals and desires that we want to achieve, so let’s start 2024 by looking at ways we can beat procrastination, achieve our goals, and become the best versions of ourselves!

Many have sought to outline the root causes of procrastination, especially when it becomes harmful. Some say that procrastination stems from emotional regulation, as we avoid a task that causes negative feelings. Others say that procrastination is a desire to receive immediate reward over long-term gain. Whatever the cause, it’s important to know that when we procrastinate it does not mean that we’re lazy or exhibiting inherently negative behaviors, and it’s crucial to not focus on negative self-talk.

So, what is there to do to reach your goals in the face of procrastination? As it turns out - plenty! First, make a plan that begins with small steps. If your goal is to run a marathon, you don’t head out the door for 26 miles on day one! Start small and let the snowball of accomplishment carry you through. Additionally, don’t be too hard on yourself for procrastinating. Everyone struggles from time to time; allow yourself to have some grace in your process. Finally, find a partner so that you can both keep each other accountable to your goals. As Proverbs 27:17 says - iron sharpens iron! 

Standing where you are now, it can be hard to envision yourself accomplishing all that you want to. However, remember the words of Galatians 6:9; “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” With the right planning and gameplan you can reach your goals in ways that you never thought possible! If your program includes it, consider taking advantage of DialCare mental wellness to speak with a professional about setting and achieving your goals!

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