Clinical Therapist Rick Saruna Explains Why New Year's Resolutions Fail
Clinical therapist Rick Saruna of Body & Mind specializes in weight loss and quit smoking. He extensively studied resolution failures. New years resolutions fail over 90% of the time because people unknowingly set themselves up for failure. The only way to make changes work is to have smaller goals accomplished as you reach your ultimate goal.
Shooting for the moon can become so overwhelming and stressful that success seems too far away. In these cases any progress short of your goal is looked at as failure. Therapist Rick Saruna calls this, “The Mind Trap.”
Abandoning a goal or a resolution that is a struggle releases a person from the feeling of failure since they are not actively trying. It is a way of justifying a negative behavior with a behavior that subconsciously is perceived as less negative. Subconscious expert Rick Saruna says, “The thought is if you are not trying then you aren't failing.”
The most common New Year’s resolutions or goals people set are for weight loss and to quit smoking. These two goals are set by many each and every New Year. Yet by the end of January these goals are abandoned and old behaviors are resumed. However, they can still be achieved if done properly.
In order for goals to be achieved they need to be more specific, realistic and attainable. This is true especially of someone that has been trying repeatedly for the same goals without success.
A determined and motivated person can go for their goal and attain it. Determination is decided by motivation. Motivation is determined by belief. Belief if determined by previous success. So if a person has experienced failure in the past the chance of success in the future will drop significantly.
The key is to set smaller and more obtainable goals because success will breed success. The important thing is to see each step as an achievement to motivate to the next step. Clinical therapist Rick Saruna who specializes in weight loss and quit smoking says, “When someone has a goal that is important to them and they are struggling, then they should seek a specialist to help them. This will keep motivation high, goals broken down in to steps and it will be done in a supportive environment. Then, you will reach your goals.”
Rick Saruna is Clinical Director of Body & Mind, a Counselling and Therapy Centre in Windsor, Ontario. They specialize in helping people quit smoking, lose weight, remove anxiety and achieve their goals. They can be contacted at 519-948-0078 and at www.StressFree.net