“Going after a dream has a price. It may mean abandoning our habits, it may make us go through hardships, or it may lead us to disappointment. But however costly it may be, it is never as high as the price paid by people who didn’t live.”- Paul Coelho

Changing habits at any time during the year is really tough. People often “fail” at resolutions because they have a goal but neglect to develop a comprehensive plan to accomplish it and/or make necessary modifications along the way.

Britt’s tips for making your dreams into a reality:

1. Set a SPECIFIC GOAL.

Start with a SPECIFIC GOAL. Forget vague goals such as “be healthy”, or “go to the gym more”. Devise exactly what you want to achieve. A specific goal example would be “Save XXX dollars and pay off all debt this year” or “Run a 5K race in July 2019”.

2. Make a PLAN.

Next you need to think about HOW you are going to reach that goal and develop specific actions as part of your PLAN. For instance, you plan to “Save XXX dollars and pay off all debt this year” could include actions such as: limit takeout meals to 1x week, grocery shop on weekends/ do basic meal prep so temptation to eat out is reduced, unsubscribe from store emails (trigger for purchasing), look into hobbies that are wallet friendly etc.

3. PRIORITIZE YOURSELF.

Once you make a plan, try it out and hold yourself accountable. I don’t know about you guys but I realized that I have a tendency to be more accountable for commitments to other people than for commitments to myself. Don’t get me wrong- upholding your commitments to others is important but you need to show up for yourself the way that you show up for others (in other words PRIORITIZE YOURSELF).

4. REFLECT.

If you are struggling with your plan execution REFLECT; think about the barriers that are preventing you from being successful. Maybe you aren’t making it to the grocery store on the weekend and going monday night is more feasible- or whatever it may be.

5. REVISE & RETRY.

REVISE YOUR PLAN AND BE RESILIENT. just because your first attempt didn’t work doesn’t mean that you wasted time or that you are a failure. Don’t beat yourself up- you can try again tomorrow or the next meal etc. Now you know one thing for sure that doesn’t work for you- don’t keep trying to perfect it, try something new. RETRY and keep going. Often there are many routes to being successful – we just have to find the path is right for us.

Cheers to the New Year!

– Brittaney Berendsen RD, P.H.Ec.

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