How to keep your New Year's resolutions

CLEVELAND - New Year's resolutions...we make 'em, then break 'em.  So what is the key to keeping those resolutions that are at the core of our heart's desire?

The first rule is to be specific. The goal can't be vague.  For example: to say 'I want to lose weight' just isn't enough.  Instead, resolve to lose ten pounds.  If you want to handle money better, resolve to save a specific amount.

Rule number two: be realistic.  Don't bite off more than you can chew.  Ten pounds is an attainable weight loss goal, but one hundred pounds may be out of reach.

Next, figure out a plan. How do you want to achieve your goal?  If your resolution is weight loss, consider planning a new workout routine and modifying your diet. 

Clinical psychologist Mike Crawford says things aren't going to change because you want them to.  Crawford says things change because you change your behaviors.

Crawford also suggest setting short term goals.  Instead of a year-long resolution, opt for a week or two weeks at best to set your sights on.  Then check your progress. Evaluate how your doing and make adjustments if necessary.  Remember that resilience is key.  If you stray from your goal, work at getting back on track.  Keep in mind that progress is more important than perfection.

Finally, stick to just making one or two resolutions at a time.  Any more than that might send you on a path to disaster.


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