By Dr. Sarah Murphy
With the end of the year around the corner, we look to our annual ritual of goal and intention setting for the coming year. For many of us, this means looking at new ways to live healthier, be more productive, and find balance within our busy schedules. Here are 5 ways to boost your likelihood of success no matter what your personal goals may be. When we feel great, we succeed.
1. Exercise: consistency over duration.
Many people create their own barrier to fitness by setting unrealistic expectations. The key is consistency. 15-20 minutes of higher intensity workouts will keep you in better shape than one or two hours + long sessions during the week. Identifying exercise you can work into your daily routine can help. Whether it’s doing push-ups, jumping jacks, or doing a few vinyasas, finding ways to stay consistent will keep you in better shape over the long run. Consider vitamin B12 shots to boost energy and recovery and get the most in your fitness.
2. Get Enough Sleep.
Whatever your productivity goals are for the coming year, those goals depend on having a body and mind that can deliver the focus and energy required to function. One easy way to change bad habits is to reorganize your space and eliminate stimulating devices in your sleeping area that keep you up. Avoid working in your bedroom and consider offline activities right before bed. Aromatherapy can also be a great way to wind down. We recommend lavender for sleep.
3. Have a growth mindset.
Having big goals require us to build courage and motivation in order to learn new things and overcome fears and bad habits. Stanford University has done a lot of work on the topic of having a growth mindset and has found that motivation is key. Considering that new job but don’t have the skills yet? Envision your future and make a plan to get there, starting with an audit of the skills needed and how you will acquire them. Looking to radically improve your health? Consider trying new things like vitamin B12 shots or meditation. These are just a few examples.
4. Small steps toward big goals.
One reason new year resolutions often fail is because we bite off more than we can chew at a time. Want to change careers? Try taking an online class to learn those new skills. Looking to run a marathon? Try starting with a 5 or 10k run/walk like the one our friends at Aztlan Athletics host. Breaking big goals down into smaller action steps can keep you motivated as you achieve each milestone.
5. Find a supportive network.
You don’t have to go it alone. Simply creating a network of supportive individuals around you can help you stay motivated for the long haul. Many of my regular patients come to me not only for premium vitamin B12 shots, but also to learn how natural medicine can help them achieve goals in all aspects of their life. My team and I are here to answer questions and offer support. Just drop by one of our locations and reach out. We look forward to seeing you.