After one last party to cap off the year - one year’s over and another begins. Depending on how late the party went - your New Year's Resolutions may have a delayed beginning entering into the New Year. Not to worry, we’re here to help!
Having a New Year’s Resolution is step one, having a game plan for achieving your goals will allow you to succeed.
So what are the most common New Year’s Resolutions?
Whatever resolution you decided to make, successfully accomplishing your goals will likely dramatically increase when you take time to plan and organize your journey to accomplish your goals.
You want to lose a certain amount of weight, but do you know how? You might say eat less, but if you take the time to look into the caloric values of the food you are currently eating, you may be able to change foods and actually eat more and still lose weight.
Losing weight can actually be calculated mathematically. If you take in less calories (food and drink) than you burn through sleeping, living and exercising then you lose weight.
If you replace one fast food meal a day with a meal prepared with whole natural foods made in your own kitchen, you cannot only cut 100’s of calories a day, you can also obtain far better nutrition.
Losing weight is about being educated about food, making the right food choices, being prepared and organized, and mixing in a healthy amount of exercise.
You know that feeling you get when spend time with the people you enjoy the most in life? How many times have you been sitting with friends or family and said: “We need to do this more”? I know I have. But what happens? You continue to only see these people just as sporadically as before. Why?
This is all about organization. Take your schedule out and schedule time for family and friends. Communicate with these people, arrange your schedules and make it a priority not to break these plans once they are made.
You want to keep your body healthy, go for a walk every day. You want to keep your mind healthy, learn something new every day. Do you remember that old movie ‘Ground Hog Day’ with Bill Murray? Basically, Bill Murray relives the same day over and over. Instead of going crazy with boredom, Bill decides to start learning all sorts of new skills, from mastering the piano to learning a new language to connecting with old friends. Unfortunately, in real life, time keeps ticking by, but trust me when I say if we organize our time, there’s enough of it to learn new things all the time. Start by focusing on one skill, let's say it’s learning to cook curry. Make time once a week to test your curry-making skills in the kitchen. In a month, have friends or family over to let them enjoy your new culinary prowess!
For goodness sake, if you are still smoking, please quit! Smoking is just putting you into an early grave and regardless of how much you may love smoking it just isn’t worth the consequences. Here’s what I recommend:
Try and make your decision about something bigger than yourself.
Educate yourself on what smoking is doing to your body. Try and think about the people you love and that look up to you in life. Would you want your son or daughter, your niece or nephew, or your grandchildren to follow your example?
I’m not going to tell you how to quit, there are endless resources for every personality type to find a path that can help them to quit. I’m confident that if you just start by really wanting to quit, you can find the path that works for you.
Getting out of debt takes some reflection and some future planning. Figure out your total debt and what behaviors and choices led you to your current debt.
Take an inventory of your total monies coming in and total monies going out every month. If you are spending more than you are making, you need to spend less money, make more money or do a combination of both. Whenever possible consolidate your debts under one account with the lowest possible interest rate. Whenever you have extra money, don’t spend it on things you don’t need, put it towards your debt until you are debt free.
Before you stop making New Year's Resolutions, ask yourself these questions:
If you answered yes to even one of these questions, then maybe you should add 'Begin my journey towards better hearing' to your list of New Year’s resolutions.
Start by scheduling an appointment with a local hearing professional to have your hearing tested. Learn everything you can about your hearing loss and ask for a copy of your audiogram so that you can track changes in your hearing over time. You'll also want to submit a copy of your audiogram to us if you decide to purchase your hearing aids through us. Hopefully by having your hearing tested and the results explained you have a good idea of why you struggle to hear some people more than others and struggle in some environments more than others. Learn if your hearing loss can be corrected medically or if hearing aids are recommended. If hearing aids are recommended, learn everything you can about the available styles and features available to you. Take the steps towards better hearing, whether that means medical intervention and/or purchasing hearing aids. Finally, learn what you should expect while adjusting to hearing aids, so that you are prepared and have realistic expectations on your journey towards better hearing. Click on the booklet below for more valuable information.
Remember, regardless of your New Year's Resolution, don’t have an all or nothing attitude. You will likely fall off the wagon at times. It’s okay to screw up, just don’t allow that screw up to be your excuse to quit.