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Successful New You Resolutions in Ten Strategic Steps

By Michelle May, M.D.

Want a new you? Whether you are setting health goals, personal goals, or professional goals, the key to successful New Year’s Resolutions is to create a strategic plan. The following steps will guide you through the goal setting and achievement process.

The Goal Setting Process

  1. Assess Your Starting Point: Take an accurate and detailed assessment of where you are presently relative to the goal you would like to achieve.
  2. Consider Your Values: Goals based on your core principles and values will form a passionate attitude!
  3. Dream: Go for areas that inspire and challenge you. Project yourself into the future and write down your ideal scenario.
  4. Define and Clarify: Narrow down your goals to those that inspire you the most. Make them so clear that you can see them, feel them and measure them.
  5. Write it Down: Write your goals in positive terms using detailed words and/or pictures. Put them in a place where you will see them often.
  6. Develop a Plan: Set long and short goals, including a timeline with deadlines. Be flexible and open to new opportunities and paths to your goals but be careful of detours.
  7. Identify Obstacles and Possible Solutions: Expect setbacks and learn to recover from them.
  8. Create a Support Network: Consider identifying an accountability partner to encourage continued progress.
  9. Make it Happen: Periodically assess your progress, adjusting your approach and/or modifying goals as necessary.
  10. Reward Yourself: Small and large incentives will keep you motivated to reach your short and long term goals. Keep in mind that the greatest reward is in knowing that you have done your best!

Best wishes for a healthy and successful new year!


About the author

Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yo-yo dieter and the founder of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training. She is the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: A Mindful Eating Program to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle , winner of seven publishing awards. She is also the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating, and Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery. Michelle shares her compelling message and constructive keynotes with audiences around the country, offers workplace wellness programs, and has trained and licensed hundreds of health professionals to facilitate Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs worldwide. She has been featured on Dr. Oz, the Discovery Health Channel, and Oprah Radio, and quoted in Diabetic Living, Fitness, Health, Huffington Post, Parents, Self, USA Weekend, US News & World Report, WebMD and many others. Her personal success story was published in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul. Michelle cherishes her relationships with her husband, Owen and grown children, Tyler and Elyse. She regularly enjoys practicing yoga and hiking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She and Owen, a professional chef, share a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, wine tasting, photography, and traveling.

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