January resolutions: Yes or No?  Get to know yourself and turn them into an effective tool
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Do you ever make resolutions?

I constantly make resolutions (not just in January!) and never follow through. Yet, I get a work deadline or a family event one, I never fail to deliver. According to Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies, I am an obliger.

Discovering how you form habits

Discovering this has been invaluable in understanding why I could never get myself to the gym 3 or 4 times a week… Now I understand this, I am so less frustrated with myself.  And I can put in place some tactics to get myself to exercise…

As for resolutions, they do sometimes work, as they can give people a focal point to introduce new habits.  Because they are specific and time framed.  For example: no alcohol or eat vegan food for a month, exercise every day during January… Does it ring a bell?  These are SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely). The problem I have with resolutions is that often people can see it as a short term thing.  No alcohol for a month, but then go on a massive binge on February 1st…

How health coaches can help provide external accountability or help improve inner accountability

So I am an obliger.  Having an external accountability is crucial for me to establish new habits.  This is where a health coach can help.  He or she can provide this accountability.

For other tendencies, a coach can also help.  They can provide focus, direction or answering questions.

This has seriously been one of the most powerful discovery for me.  Because it has finally explained so many things about me.  How I studied and achieved at exams, as a teenager / young adult.  Why I successfully implemented the Wahls Protocol / AIP diet.  And the way I operated when I work in a big corporation.  I believe I would have been much more effective and successful had I understood myself better.  And you can too!

If you want to discover what type you are, you can do so here:

https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3706759/Gretchen-Rubin-s-Quiz-The-Four-Tendencies

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