MYRTLE BEACH, N.C., Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Did you know that most people don't keep their New Year's resolutions year after year and their failures cause them an immense amount of frustration? According to Akram Alashari, M.D., their lack of success occurs because they approach their resolutions incorrectly. But, says the author of the book The Power of Peak State, with just a few adjustments to their approach they could easily accomplish their goals.
"Every year people are faced with the same dilemma," Alashari says. "Making New Year's resolutions is supposed to be fun and exciting, but more often than not the process turns into an additional stressor, headache, and hassle."
To help people make their New Year's resolution stick, Alashari suggests three simple ways to make 2017 your best year ever.
- Make your resolution the result, NOT the ritual. Many of us get caught up in the day-to-day activity, when in fact, it is the result we are after. For example, if your goal is to lose 15 pounds, don't just set a goal of running one mile every day. Instead, it is more effective and enjoyable to incorporate running, swimming, biking, or walking.
- Remember to remember, and leverage your legwork. To avoid distractions keep your resolution in front of you by presetting alarms to exercise, posting your weight loss goal on your refrigerator or wearing a wristband with your goal.
- Transform the intangible into the tangible. Practice visualizing your goal already realized (i.e. imagine yourself spending more quality time with your children or visiting the tropical island you saved for). Make this a daily habit, and return to your vision whenever you feel discouraged. Make daily progress which is consistent with the attainment of the goal, and remember that the key is progress, not perfection.
About Akram Alashari
Alashari became a physician at 23 and did his surgical residency training at the University of Connecticut. He completed fellowship training in trauma surgery and surgical critical care at the University of Florida. Alashari is the youngest double board-certified surgeon in the United States. He is the author of The Power of Peak State and creator of the upcoming program, "Peak Performing Parents: How to Get Your Children to Achieve Straight A's."
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SOURCE Akram Alashari, MD