Every January, millions of people make resolutions to change something in their lives—starting a workout regime or new diet, quitting smoking, organizing your home, spending more time with family, being more patient with the ever-increasing traffic congestion.
By the time you are reading this, though, I suspect most of these resolutions have been forgotten or put on hold until next year. Why are resolutions so hard to maintain? Not because they are insignificant and not because people are inherently bad, but because change is hard!
So how do we break the chain of failed resolutions? There are hundreds of books that proclaim to have the answer, but I find successful change is more likely if we set reasonable goals to start—eat dessert only on weekends, clean out the junk drawer in the kitchen, take a deep breath when Waze adds time to your route.
Once you reach the first goal, take it up a notch. Incremental improvements can still yield significant results. Or sometimes it is best to just rip off the Band-Aid. That is what I did recently. In the last six months, I had a baby, started a new job and moved across the country—yes, I’m part of the reason for the traffic jam.
Whether you are finally going to get that annual physical that was due years ago, schedule a colonoscopy now that you are 50 or take control of your weight and get a bariatric surgery consultation, Lutheran Medical Center is here to help you on your journey.
I think I hit my change quota for last year, but I’m looking forward to setting a new goal for 2018!
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