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It’s exciting to start fresh on Jan 1 as you get to work on moving yourself toward some great goals. Weeks later, however, those ambitious New Year’s resolutions you originally made might be looking a lot more challenging and a lot less exciting than they did when you first set out to start them.

Whether you found yourself running out of steam as you tried to move forward or resorted to putting your resolutions on hold as a result of distraction or other priorities, it’s never too late to hit the restart button. The struggle is an important part of the learning process, so if this past January just didn’t work out the way you wanted it to, you at least now have valuable experience that you can use as feedback for recommitting in a way that better suits you.

When you do decide that you’re ready to recommit to your New Year’s resolutions, consider following these simple steps to help maximize your chances of long-term success.

1. Reflect on your journey.

It would be a mistake to try and pick up where you left off on your New Year’s resolutions without taking an honest look back at everything that you went through since you got started. It may be unpleasant, because it forces you to bring your mistakes and shortcomings into your awareness, but without doing so, you risk the chance of repeating them.

2. Accept what happened.

Make peace with the past by realizing that you’re only human and that you’re now wiser and stronger after going through whatever happened. Engage in compassionate, positive self-talk the same way you’d talk to a close friend or family member who came to you for support and advice about something they were struggling with.

3. Forgive yourself.

Recommitting to any type of goal after veering off course can’t happen without first accepting that it happened and then learning to genuinely forgive yourself for it. Beating yourself up for what you could have achieved if you just stuck with it is no way to regain motivation.

4. Identify what went wrong.

People often fall off the New Year’s resolution wagon early because they tried to make and sustain habits that were too big, they didn’t make the progress they wanted fast enough or they didn’t know how to adapt to unexpected events. Whatever happened in your own life that threw you off track, make sure you can identify it and that you know why it caused you to react the way that you did.

5. Make the necessary adjustments to your process.

Using what you identified in the last step, adjust your habits or action plan accordingly so that you don’t get thrown off track again by the same obstacles, events or way of thinking. This step may be difficult if you’re super hung up on getting those results, but dialling it down a little or even a lot is worth it in the long run if it means it will be less torturous and more sustainable.

6. Make even more adjustments to put your process in line with what you enjoy.

The real key to long-term success doesn’t necessarily rely in the mechanics of working toward your goals — it lies in what you genuinely enjoy about it, because that’s what makes it stick. Find ways to make your habits or action plan a joy to practice or work toward by integrating things you already know you love and would do just for the sake of doing them.

7. Maintain an open, curious mindset that is focused more on learning than on achieving.

Even when you recommit to your New Year’s resolutions by making constructive adjustments, obstacles may still get in your way, and setbacks may still happen. Instead of fixating on the results you want so badly, embrace the unpredictable and uncontrollable reality of life by becoming a curious student of the process. You’ll become better at adapting to whatever obstacles may be thrown in your way and you’ll become more resilient by dealing with them than you would if you maintained a more rigid, results-oriented mindset.

Remember that you can recommit to a New Year’s resolution any time of year whether it’s the end of January, the middle of the summer or the day after Labor Day. The date doesn’t really matter — all that matters is your desire to make it happen.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-to-recommit-to-your-new-years-resolutions.html

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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