Making New Year's Resolutions And Keeping Them


A new year could mean a new you ... if you know how to make it a reality.

While most people stop trying to meet that new year's resolution within the first 6 months of making it, studies show 40 percent of people do succeed.

Goals can be set any time of year, of course, but counselors say it's important to understand why you're looking to make life changes now.

"This time of the year setting goals is socially driven," said Bill Smith, of St. Bernard's Behavioral Health Center. "People are doing that because it's in our culture."

Sometimes you might have to set smaller goals.

Say, for instance, you want to make more money this year.

"You need to break that down into smaller steps. How much money? What are you going to do to reach that objective, how are you going to go about doing that," he said.

Other advice:

1. Be ready to change- only you know when you're ready

2. Set realistic goals - don't say you want to loose 50 pounds in two months, for example.

3. Be patient

4. Don't let setbacks overwhelm you

"It takes about 4 to 6 weeks for a habit to form, so if someone tries a new behavior, like quitting smoking, it's going to take some time for that to set in"

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