Most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients do not realize that 99% of New Year's resolutions are not followed through with and are ultimately abandoned before the next calendar year rolls around? How many times have you heard a patient commit to better abiding by their renal diet, improve their fluid intake or prepare to launch a full campaign to raise awareness for their need of an altruistic (selfless) Living Kidney Donor? Yet, by as soon as February a whopping 80% of patients forego their goals and get back to the same routine with little or no change, suggested Kaiser Permanente. Don’t let that be you. It is possible for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients to make positive changes. The key is to approach the process realistically and strategically. Check out these tips to help you succeed in the New Year:
1. Choose one goal. Take time early in the year to think about a single or specific change you’d really like to make. For instance, if you would like to improve your chances of connecting with a Living Kidney Donor, then make a clear single goal of connecting with up to 20 potential donors throughout the year if necessary. You’ll increase your chances of success if you pick something that’s doable, and meaningful to you.
2. Break your goal into a series of smaller steps. Make each step concrete, measurable, and time-based. An example that builds on the previous goal of improving your chances of getting a Kidney Transplant is choosing to flier in your local area or launching a Find A Kidney Donor Program with KidneyBuzz.com for a month or two (click here). With each small decision you can have a positive effect on reaching your goal — plus boost your confidence that you can achieve what you set out to do.
3. Make a clear plan to stay on track. How will you deal with the let downs and temptations to quit? Choose what works for you, whether it’s calling a friend for help, writing in your journal, practicing positive thinking or reminding yourself of your ultimate goal and how much you’ve already accomplished to make it a reality.
4. Ask for support. Tell your friends and family about your goals and ask them to encourage your success. Setting up a supportive environment helps Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients reinforce their resolve. Write up your motivations and put the list where you’ll see it when you need a boost.
5. Track your progress. Many patients journal and write down their daily experiences as a means to vent. Well, by using a journal, a spreadsheet, a vision board or a favorite record-keeping device, patients should note their starting points. Keep track of each success, however small. Every short-term win helps keep you motivated toward your larger goal.
6. Let go of the “all or nothing” mindset. It’s totally normal to revert to old habits from time-to-time or miss your exact goal. Try to treat any setback as temporary rather than a reason to quit entirely. Don’t beat yourself up or become angry and frustrated with the process. Just do the best you can each day, and take one day at a time.
7. If you are not successful, get back up. You’re on the path to a better life. With each positive decision you make, you are taking a step forward. Try to be patient with yourself and the process because there will be the occasional misstep. Be persistent, shake it off, start again, and keep going.
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Remember, changing long-held patterns or gaining a kidney transplant usually doesn’t happen overnight. It takes effort, which is why it’s important to choose a goal that matters to you.
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