New Year Resolutions: Why You Need To Have The Drive And Determination Of Roger Federer

As we near the end of the first month of the year, how are your New Year resolutions coming along? Are you starting to lose momentum? Have you begun to lose interest and swayed back into your old habits?

Well let’s face it – most of us have given up within 2 weeks of starting any New Year Resolution or goal for the new year.

Of course when you work shift work, the erratic and irregular hours can make it even harder to commit to anything. In fact keeping to any type of schedule and sticking to it can be extremely hard.

That is, if you let it.

As the late, great Jim Rohn once said …

“When you know what you want, and you want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it.”

You see the key to achieving any New Year Resolution is you have to really want it or it’s just not going to happen. It’s no good saying that you’d like to lose weight or you’d like to get another job – you have to really want it.

So many people have the mindset they should lose weight, do more exercise or change jobs but it needs to be more then that. You need to write them down and look at them every day so that you are focussed on the end result. You have to be able to see it and feel your New Year Resolutions as being achieved.

The key difference is when you really want the results, it will spur you into the kind of action that will lead you to the results you’re after.

Now since we’re in the throws of the Australian Open tennis right now (and I’m a tennis fanatic), here’s something to ponder.

Roger Federer didn’t get to where he is today because he thought he’d like to be Number 1. He wanted it like nothing else and was prepared to do what ever it takes to get there.

This determination and unwaivering belief has made him one of the greatest tennis players of all time. In fact almost unbeatable to anyone that faces him across the other side of the net.

So don’t say to yourself “I’d like to lose weight” or “I’d like to get another job”.

Really want it. Go after it like there’s no tomorrow because even the littlest of things can make a difference.

Little things like eating a piece of fruit every day, going for a 15 minute walk every day, looking for ways to improve your education every day, looking for ways to make yourself more valuable every day .

Persistence will always leads to results.

So remember to have the drive, enthusiasm and commitment to achieving your newly set goals for 2012. Otherwise fast forward 12 months – and everything is going to be exactly the same as it is right now.

Don’t let working shift work be the reason you didn’t achieve your New Year resolutions and dreams for 2012.

Make shift work the reason you’re going to achieve them – no matter what.

Shift Work Diet: Why Your New Year's Resolution Should Be To Change It In 2011.

If your New Year’s Resolution is to change your shift work diet, then now is certainly as good a time as any.

Because if you’re like me, then you’ve probably spent much of the festive season eating way too much food and doing very little exercise, all at the same time.

In fact as I ate that last bite of Christmas trifle, raspberry jelly and creamy vanilla ice cream, you could almost here the sigh of relief amongst the members of our household.

Firstly because we were finally able to create some much needed space in the refrigerator, and secondly because we could now return to a much healthier and more regular eating plan.

Now don’t get me wrong.

As a shift worker, my diet over the years has certainly been far from perfect. But if you’ve noticed that your pants have slowly become much tighter and that you’re struggling to do up the buttons in your jacket or vest, then 2011 might be the year for you to change.

You see whenever you overeat, it disrupts your sleeping patterns. Basically the more you eat, the more sleep you require which is not good news if you’re a sleep deprived shift worker.

So the next time you go to bed on a stomach full of rich Christmas goodies (and dare I say delicious), just remember that you’re more likely to experience difficulty falling and staying asleep, because your body has no idea how to break down this type of food.

So as we say goodbye to Christmas and turn the corner towards 2011, I would like you to get out your notebook and start writing down those New Year Resolutions.

And if one of those resolutions is to lose weight – then congratulations for making that decision and taking the first step.

Of course it’s important to point out that if you’re serious about wanting to shed those unwanted kilograms, then you’re going to have to start doing things differently than what you’ve been doing over the past year.

Quite simply, if you want things to change, then you are going to have to do something different than what you’ve done before.

But it all starts my making a decision. Making that New Year’s Resolution commitment that your shift work diet can and will improve for the better in 2011. After all, nothing is as important as your good health.

Happy New Year!