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Posted: Monday, January 4, 2021, 11:17 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 12:53 PM

New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work!

Thought that would get some attention. New Year’s resolutions are only successful about 20 percent of the time, according to News & World Report.  Let’s talk about why we set ourselves up for failure when trying to make changes in our lives, and what we can do differently.

Don’t pile it all on the plate! Making changes are hard and it takes time. When setting goals, don’t set so many goals that they are unattainable. We can only make so many changes at a time. Pick one or two goals to work toward at one time. Work on those goals for a long time so that you can see progress and change.

Changes also take repetitive practice.  Changing a routine once or twice is not enough to make a new habit. New habits develop after 21 plus times of practice and implementation. When a significant amount of time has been spent on a specific goal, re-evaluate what has worked, what changes have been made, successes and failures, and then make changes to goals moving forward.

Goals are often vague and not measurable. Building upon small obtainable and measureable goals are keys to success. Set a goal that is mentally and physically 90-95% obtainable. Having less doubt about success when setting a goal, makes it more reasonable and obtainable. Make the goal measurable.

If you want to exercise more, then set numbers to your goal. Say how long you will exercise, and how often. For example, I will exercise two days a week for 30 minutes each time. It is harder to give up on a definite plan.

Some progress is still progress. Don’t give up and quit if there is a failure or a setback. Generally, we take several steps forward, and then a couple of steps back when trying to obtain a goal or make changes in our lives.

Don’t give up and don’t give yourself a hard time. Specifically name and label what went wrong or what happened, and move forward. Always move forward, because we can’t go backward.

Happy New Year!

Mindy Webb, M.S., LPC-Associate

Supervisor: Courtney Mayfield, M.S., LPC-S

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