The beginning of a year is a great time. For many people, the New Year represents a fresh start, a new beginning, an opportunity to focus on important priorities and reinvent oneself.
The most common area that people put energy into, around this time of year, is health and vitality.
Are you interested in losing weight? Maybe you want to clean up your diet? Or drink less coffee?
Have more energy? Improve your posture? Solve your headache problem? Manage your stress more effectively?
These are all great goals.
The challenge that most people face is that they have good intentions in the beginning, but they lack consistent commitment and their initial effort weakens over time. They may start strong with a new habit or healthy ritual to achieve a specific goal. But then, life gets in the way.
Conflicting obligations and priorities overshadow their dedication, and before they know it, their New Year’s resolution has dissolved. They feel frustrated and disillusioned with their failure to make a positive change. And they are back to square one—or worse.
Well, how can you prevent this from happening? How can you stay focused and committed in the long run? What separates the people with lasting follow-through from the quitters with nothing but excuses?
Focus on the ‘Why’
The first thing that I would recommend is to ask yourself “Why is this resolution important?” What is the reason behind your desire to make the change?
Does the reason stir you emotionally? Is it important enough to you?
The “why” is the fuel, the motive force behind any personal growth initiative. If you are committed to changing a bad habit or adding a positive new practice to your life, then you must have compelling reasons to make the effort.
Several years ago, I had a patient that successfully lost about 20kg by altering his diet and exercising regularly. When I was chatting with him about his massive breakthrough, I asked him how he stayed motivated to lose the weight and to get into shape.
He told me how he had tried and failed for decades to get into better shape. He thought he would never be fit and trim again. In the past, he could never follow through or change his behaviour long enough to be successful.
What changed was that he had a minor heart attack and he was intensely fearful of the possibility that he may not be around in the future for his family. His reason finally became compelling enough for him to consistently make good dietary choices and to exercise on a regular basis—to do the work necessary to make a lasting improvement in this area of his life.
Don’t wait for a major health scare to make a change. Attach compelling and inspiring ‘Why’s’ to your new habits and initiatives, and follow through on your commitments.
Make 2017 the Healthiest Year of Your Life
Here are some ideas that you can implement to improve the quality of your life:
- Start an exercise program
- Eliminate soft drinks from your diet
- Eat more salads and fresh vegetables
- Reduce your sugar intake (rice, bread, pasta, noodles, sugary drinks)
- Watch less TV
- Meditate regularly
- Journal about the great things in your life
- Consistently tell your family that you care about them
- Reduce your time on Facebook and Twitter
- Eat less instant noodles
- Check and maintain the health of your spine through chiropractic care!
Healthy Spine is the Key to a Great Life
So how can chiropractic care help you perform better in your life? The answer is simple.
Your nervous system controls all aspects of your health and life. In order to have a great life, you must have great health. Your nerve system needs to be healthy and strong for you to be healthy. Spinal problems can stress and interfere with the function of your nervous system, weakening your health from the inside-out.
Spine problems à damaged nerve system à weakened health à restricted life
Get Your Spine Checked
The first step to improving the health of your spine is to schedule for a chiropractic spinal checkup. Let us examine the alignment of your spine, the health of your nerve system, and see if chiropractic is the answer you have been looking for.