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For better health, make choices, not resolutions

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The New Year is often viewed as a time of renewal, a time of rebirth, and a time for second chances. Many people start off the New Year with resolutions – resolutions to lose weight, be happier, go after their dream job, and the like. And for some people, resolutions work. But for most, resolutions become unfulfilled promises for what could have been.

For some people, resolutions never become more than good intentions. They get stuck waiting for the perfect time or the perfect plan, which never comes, because after all, nothing is perfect. So they fail to start and become disappointed, only to think, “Well, there’s always next year.”

For others, they make a great effort toward fulfilling those resolutions, but after time they lose motivation or disengage when things don’t work out as planned. They often say, “Well, I gave it my best shot.”

If you are one of the many people that have problems keeping their New Year’s resolutions, maybe it’s time to try a different approach. Yes, change is difficult. But no change is made by good intentions alone. Action drives change. And action is nothing more than a simple, single choice.

So instead of resolving to lose weight, then failing to come up with the perfect diet plan, then deciding it’s too cold to start a jogging routine in the winter, make simple, active choices for better health. Choose to eat a salad before your main entrée. Choose to run in place during the commercial breaks of your favorite program. Choose to stock up on fruits instead of cookies.

Each action we take is a choice. Each day is made up of hundreds of opportunities to make choices. So every day, we have hundreds of opportunities to take positive action for ourselves by making positive choices. Not all of our choices will be the best. But even one positive choice is better than none. And the more positive choices we make, the easier it becomes to make more. Until eventually, our choices which drive our actions become new habits, and our new habits become our new lifestyle.

So for better health, break with tradition and don’t make resolutions this year. Instead, take action by making one small choice at a time.

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