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Accomplishing your New Year’s Resolutions

Most self-improvemenr gurus often tell their clients to make “SMART” goals: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time based.  But these gurus overlook one important issue: our primal  neural programming.  Within the past 50,000 years, our DNA has changed only .01%, which means we are essentially cavemen with HDTVs.  Our ancestors had to constantly be aware of their surroundings, looking out for predators, focusing on the here and now…their immediate survival was their only concern.  This primal neural programming remains with us to this day, making it difficult for us to focus on anything not happening at the moment.  This is why the majority of people fail to stick to their New Year’s resolutions.  You may have the best intentions by setting long term goals, but your primal neural programming keeps you focused on surviving day to day.  So instead of saying “I will lose 10 pounds,” which focuses on the future, saying “I will make healthy food choices,” allows you to focus on choices you can make right now.  The idea is to remain focused on the present, not on an imaginary future outcome (goals). 
Happy New Year.

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