You Really Can Keep a New Year's Resolution

January 1, 2005 -- Posted at 12:32 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- So you're really going to do it this year right? We're talking about keeping a New Year's Resolution.

Making a resolution can represent hugh, positive changes in your life.

"Many people make New Year's Resolutions that are emotionally charged," said Greg Brooks, of The Better Life Counseling Center in Jonesboro.

Since resolutions can be attached to emotions, it may be helpful to break you goal down into little pieces. Plus, how you state your goal, is just as important as what you say. For example, let's say your goal is to lose 50 pounds this year. It may be helpful if you say, "I'm going to eat better and begin exercising every week." Putting your resolution into perspective makes it much more attainable.

The same formula will work for people who want to quit smoking.

Accountability is a very important ingredient to success. This is especially true if your goal is to get a grip on your personal finances. Staying on track is crucial.

"You can find accountability by seeking a financial advisor or even asking a friend to help you go through your checkbook," said Brooks.

Writing your resolution down and informing someone else of your intentions are two ways to gain accountability.

If you relapse into old habits, don't give up. Relapse will happen and that's ok, as long as you have a specific and measurable plan to get back on track. If getting on track proves to be a difficult task, don't be afraid to ask for help. No one makes it out here in the world alone.