What holds us back from achieving our resolutions and reaching our goals? Excuses, excuses, excuses, or what else…?
We know the scenario all too well: We want to exercise more, slim down, eat better, sleep more, work less, be healthier, improve our wellbeing and other things in life – the list goes on and on. And yet it often takes a kick in the rear end before we change our habits. Do something. Now. Yes, but…

Why is it that only 8% of people who make a resolution are truly successful in reaching their goals? Probably because it’s human nature to want to do what’s easiest instead of working hard towards achieving a dream. Other reasons include lack of accountability, lack of motivation to lack of reward, etc.

A couple years ago I had the dream of backpacking for 6 days on a remote trail on the north-west rim of the Grand Canyon on a big loop down to the Colorado river and back. The description of the route sounded very strenuous (hiking 8-9h per day with 40lb on my back and up to 3000ft elevation gain or loss per day). It required me to get in top shape. Since I was working full time as well as going to school part time, I had to figure out a plan on how to achieve my fitness goal and training for the trip while getting work and study done at the same time. I’m not a morning person, but the only way I could make time to train was by getting up at 5AM 5x/wk to go running outdoors (even when it rained or snowed), doing crossfit and going hiking every weekend with weights on my back. I also had to reserve time for daily stretching, meditation, and cooking healthy food. It was not easy. But by the time I stood on top of the Grand Canyon taking in the magnificent view of the very deep and oh-so-grand canyon I was ready. The achievement and raw happiness I felt was incredible and something I can’t describe. It was so worth all the sweat and soreness in my body during the 3 months of training. The trip itself was as magnificent as I imagined and it will remain a memory of a lifetime. Now I have a new goal of doing another big hiking trip this summer and I already started training for it…

How can we improve our success rate in achieving our goals?

Here’s a mix of my own experience and what I learned from other people. Let’s take the example of a resolution to “become fit”:

January 16th 2015 by Eliane Baggenstos, RN, LMT, bodono