How Not to Fail at New Year’s Resolutions (in Anoka)

How Not to Fail at New Year’s Resolutions (in Anoka)

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Do you set New Year’s Resolutions with high expectations only to fail?…Why do most of us fail at our goals EVERY…SINGLE…YEAR?


1.) Have a Plan…

“If You Don’t Have a Plan, You Are Planning To Fail.”


  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Reasonable
  • Time-specific

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Example: “I will lose 4 inches around my belly, bringing my waist down to 30 inches, by September 1st, 2016 by midnight.”

(This Goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Reasonable & Time-specific)


2.) Turn Big Goal into Smaller Goals…

“Success is the Sum of SMALL efforts, Repeated DAY IN and DAY OUT.”

–R. Collier



(Chunk-out goals into manageable steps)


To lose 4 inches in 8 Months, maybe make a ½-Way Goal to…

Lose 2 inches in 4 Months…

Then a ¼-Way Goal of…

Lose 1 inch in 2 Months… by… replacing junk food with whole foods.

Then a 1/8-Way Goal of…

Lose ½ inch by 1 Month… by… practicing 20 minutes Yoga & 4 Mile Walk/ Day.


3.) Write it Down…

“If You Have a GOAL, Write it down. If you do not write it down, you do NOT Have a Goal-You Have a WISH.” –Steve Maraboli

Write down your specific Goal. (This tells your mind you are committed).


4.) Post Your Specific Goal…

Write down & Post your Specific Goal somewhere where You will See it Daily. This can be a Poster board or sticky note on your bedroom wall where you will see it every morning upon waking and every night before bed.

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5.) Carry Goal with You…

Keep your goal with you Every Day so you see it throughout the day. This activates your creative subconscious.


  • Journal
  • 3 x 5 index card
  • Reminder in Your phone
  • Screen saver on your laptop


6.) Image Your Goal…

  • Set aside a 20-minute daily practice of seeing yourself once your goal is reached. FEEL & ACT how you would once you have reached this goal-NOW


  • Post image of yourself…with goal reached… where you will see it daily (I have been known to paste a photo of my head onto a fitness model’s physique, cut from a magazine & Taped in front of the treadmill I walked & ran on daily)…Goofy? –Yes! …Did it Work? –Absolutely!



7.) Add Affirmations…

Create a Self-Affirmation to recite throughout the day or when feeling self-doubt. It can be as simple as,

“I am so happy NOW that… my waist is 30 inches.”


–Call Ackerman Acupuncture in Anoka to help you with your

New Year’s Resolutions

Do you have a Weight Loss Goal?

–We can Help!

Did you know Acupuncture helps weight loss? Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Food Therapy is included for weight loss in Anoka at Ackerman Acupuncture. This helps you lose weight, reduces cravings and lowers irritability while you change your diet and lifestyle.

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Is Your Goal to Stress Less & Relax More?

-We can Help!

Acupuncture is great for stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia in Anoka. It helps balance the body’s hormones, neurotransmitters, body temperature, etc… This is why acupuncture is so helpful for Hot flashes & Fertility in Anoka.

Read this blog on 31 things You Did Not Know Acupuncture Treats



Is your Goal to Quit Smoking? –We can Help!

Acupuncture helps you quit smoking by…

reducing cravings & withdrawal symptoms:

  • Irritability
  • Jitters
  • Restlessness
  • Relaxes the body
  • Aids detoxification

Other recommendations may be:

  • TCM Food Therapy to help your body detox more quickly & help avoid relapsing
  • Energetic exercises
  • Bodywork

It is important to note…

*You must be ready to quit the behavior of smoking. Acupuncture is not magic or a quick fix. Acupuncture supports you while you quit smoking. You are the one who must commit to quit by not buying and smoking cigarettes. Acupuncture will help with cravings and withdrawal symptoms as you quit and help the body restore balance.

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Written by Aleesha Ackerman, Lac.


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