Keeping New Year's resolutions

It is one thing to make New Year’s resolutions, another thing to start working on them, and yet another thing altogether to successfully achieve your New Year’s resolutions. In this article we will focus on the top five tips to successfully follow through with and achieve your New Year’s resolutions.


1.  Write and Re-write Your Goals on Paper

Having your goals on paper is one of the most important strategies for successfully following through. It is easy to forget things that are not written down, especially when you are busy. Don’t be afraid to re-write or alter your goals as time goes on. Your resolutions may evolve as the year goes on and re-writing them when you see fit can be integral in their achievement.

2.  Look at Your Resolutions Daily

It is important to take time each day to think about what you want to achieve. One of the best ways to achieve your goals is to review them daily. When your goals are out of site they are often also out of mind. Place a copy of your goals on your fridge, bathroom mirror, or computer so you can see them daily.

3.  Take Care of Your Overall Health

It can be easy to become overly focused on your resolutions and forget about other important aspects of your life. Be sure to incorporate your goals within your life and not as a separate entity that pushes other important things away. The healthier you are overall the better you will be at pursuing and achieving your New Year’s resolutions.

4.  Be Patient

Many New Year’s resolutions cannot be achieved in a day or a week. In fact, most take long periods of time to be successfully completed. Practice patience along your journey. Don’t be too hard on yourself if things are taking longer than you expected or if there are some setbacks. Most goals take more time to achieve that originally planned and involve some adversity.

5.  Celebrate the Milestones

It is often easy to forget how well we are actually doing. When we take time to celebrate milestones or achievements along the way we can gain momentum. Don’t wait until the final completion of the goal to celebrate. Be sure to remind yourself regularly how well you are really doing.


As a naturopathic physician one of my most important jobs is to educate my patients about health so they can become empowered and make healthy choices. Many patients come to the office wanting to make healthier choices but don’t know exactly what those choices should be or how to effectively follow through with them. This is where a naturopathic doctor can really help make your life much easier and more effective. If you want to improve your health but are not sure exactly how to achieve this, I highly recommend you contact an ND and begin putting a plan together that makes sense for you.


If you have any questions for Dr. Barlow or would like to book a consultation please contact him at his office at 250-448-5610.

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About the Author

Dr. Brent Barlow is a Naturopathic Physician practicing at The Kelowna Wellness Clinic in downtown Kelowna. Dr. Barlow has been in practice in Kelowna since graduating from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver in 2009.

Naturopathic Doctors are trained as primary care physicians, and primarily use natural medicine to treat disease and promote wellness. Dr. Barlow believes strongly in identifying and treating the causes of disease rather than focusing on the treatment of symptoms.

Naturopathic medicine utilizes diet therapy, botanical medicine, nutritional supplementation, acupuncture, spinal manipulation and other physical medicine treatments to treat the causes of disease. Dr. Barlow also trained in the specialized treatments of prolotherapy, neural therapy, intravenous nutrient infusions, and chelation therapy.

Dr. Barlow is in general practice and welcomes all individuals and families. As a naturopathic physician he is trained to treat all health conditions in the manner that best suits the goals of each individual patient. He also has special interests in natural treatments for pain management and digestive health.

To learn more about Dr. Barlow's treatments or to schedule a consultation, visit his website at www.drbrentbarlownd.com or call 250-448-5610.

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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