10 New Years Resolutions That Are Bad Ideas… and 10 Better Alternatives

For a living, I promote health and wellbeing – whether that’s in a workplace, teaching at college or as a health and wellness coach. And I’m happy to say I love everything about it.

Well, mostly everything. The whole concept of New Year’s Resolutions and some of the crazy (and possibly unhealthy) things people decide to take on worry me at times. I understand that a new year presents a “fresh start,” but there’s a lot that goes into making change stick, so let’s get started and see if we can set you up for success in 2017.

Here are 10 New Year’s Resolutions to avoid this year… and 10 great resolutions to replace them with:

Bad Idea 1: Making a New Year’s Resolution “Just Because”

Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of people trying to take steps necessary to become healthier and adopt habits more conducive to their wellbeing. What I don’t adore is the fact that people only do this because somehow a new year equates to a “new me.”

When it comes to behavior change, this is not the type of motivation to make a change — especially a big one — stick long-term. And when it doesn’t, people are left feeling down on themselves and with an overall sense of what in the &$%* is the point?

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Good Idea: Find the Change That Resonates

Find what feels really important to you and decide to make changes around that. And if you realise you’re really not into doing something different on January 2nd (because none of us are doing squat on the 1st; let’s get real) then don’t.

Any time a coaching client talks about trying something because they think they should, that’s a warning to me. This kind of language signifies the internal, authentic drive to make a change is missing, which is essential when the usual day-4-and-I’m-out syndrome kicks in!

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Bad Idea 2: Extreme Diet Tricks and Swearing Off Entire Food Groups

Any time someone comes to me and asks if I think a nutrition idea is a good one (usually for weight loss), I always turn it back and inquire if this is a change that can be maintained for life. I know, harsh, right? But this is something you need to get honest with yourself about.

Even if your BFF on FB got extremely quick results, they were likely achieved via some pretty drastic measures. So remember, practices such as these equate to temporary results only, as very few of us mere mortals can keep it up in the long-term.

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