Mark Twain’s viewpoint on 

New Year’s Resolutions:

“Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink, and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever.”

Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work

(by Vic Johnson, motivational speaker):

“The biggest majority of New Year’s Resolutions have gone by the wayside before January is over and most won’t even be remembered six months later. And the reason is pretty simple: Most are made in response to something negative — a habit or situation that the person wants to change or end. And therein lies the problem – it’s hard to develop momentum from a negative response. It is always easier to move toward something rather than away from something.

“Consider one of the most adopted resolutions — weight loss. No one can get excited about losing weight because it requires deprivation. It’s a negative response to concerns about appearance, health, etc. The results of weight loss resolutions demonstrate their weakness. A 1998 survey sponsored by Garden Burger found that more than three-fourths of all women between the ages of 25 and 54 make diet and weight-loss plans each year. Nearly nine of ten respondents reported only occasional or no success, while almost half lost little or actually gained weight instead.

“The people who succeed at losing weight and maintaining the loss have usually been motivated by a dream much bigger and more positive than just losing weight. They see themselves living a healthy lifestyle. They begin to act and think like people who are in good physical shape. There’s more of a radical change in a person’s thinking and actions than you see with most resolutions. It wouldn’t be possible to effect and sustain such a radical change unless the person is motivated by a big dream that is positive in nature.

“Another popular aim is to quit smoking. And I can certainly relate to that — I was a three-pack-a-day smoker until I celebrated a smoke-free New Year’s twelve years ago. For over twenty years, I had tried to quit many times using every tool and technique I heard about. But as long as I was trying to quit, I couldn’t break the grip. Instead, I developed a dream to become a non-smoker. I fell in love with the idea of breathing clean air instead of smoky air, of my body and clothes smelling nice instead of smoky. I thought about how wonderful it would be to taste food again. I decided to start acting and thinking like a non-smoker, and when the thinking took hold I simply quit smoking. In all the years since, I’ve never wanted another cigarette, never even thought about wanting one.”

 ***If you’re going to make a New Year’s Resolution this year, make one with a high probability for success. Remember, NOT ALL RESOLUTIONS ARE GOOD. Try to determine if the resolution is actually good. Start moving toward what you want, not what you don’t want! “Even an amoeba will not move toward something it hates and away from something it likes. That’s what we are, 72 trillion amoeba’s”.  – Dr. Matt Hammett The 5 Pillars of Chronic Illness.  Well, we are much more than that, but that’s what the scientists say.

Current research has shown that those who commit to good stewardship in the month of December, instead of January, have over a 90% greater chance of achieving their health goals the following year. So, make December your new January, and start NOW!

The 3 greatest commitments you can make in the month of December to ensure a successful 2013 are:

  1. Be consistent with your adjustment schedule,
  2. Get our 5 pillars of chronic illness 2 CD set and start listening to it over and over until it becomes a part of YOU,
  3. Serve others by “Paying it forward” by sharing the Inspire Chiropractic message of hope, health and healing with friends and loved ones.