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5 Tips for Successful New Years Resolutions

how-to-make-resolutions-that-workNew Year’s resolutions have become such a cliché, especially when you consider the statistics. According to a 2010 Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 19% of people who make resolutions are still sticking to them. What is the point of even making a resolution? Wouldn’t it be great to actually follow through and reach your goals this year?

Here are five tips for successful New Year’s resolutions:

  1. Quantify

    Vague resolutions are very difficult to achieve. For example, “lose weight” or “read more”. These resolutions could be made more specific by quantifying them. “Run 30 minutes a day” or “Read 2 books a month”, are examples of quantifying. By quantifying your resolutions, there are goals and or actions that can be measured.

  2. Point of Reference

    Set a point of reference. Setting a begin and end date is crucial in completing or obtaining your resolution. So when you set a resolution, you must set a start date and an end date/goal. So chose a realistic point of reference.

  3. Simplicity

    Depending on your personality, it can be easy to go overboard with your resolution-making. For a go-getter, waking up on January 1st, and decide that his/her resolution is a year of 50, and decide to loose 50 pounds, read 50 books, and volunteer 50 hours a month. For the average person, i.e. ME, simplicity is key. Start with one resolution, be efficient, that way you don’t get too distracted by other aspirations.

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  5. Journal

    Journalling your journey, not only tracks your progress but also gives a sense of an agreement. It is incredibly easy to lose motivation, or forget your quantifiable resolution. If losing 50 pounds is your resolution, weigh yourself once a week and journal your progress. This not only tracks where you are at in your growth, but it allows you to figure out where you need improvement.

  6. Don’t Get Discouraged!

    As I stated at the beginning of this blog, only 19% of people actually complete their New Years Resolution. Let’s face it, we are all human, and we are not perfect. There will be ups and downs, just don’t get discouraged. Push through the downs and make big strides with the momentum of the ups. Every bit of progress you make toward your resolution makes a difference. The results will speak for themselves.

Happy New Year!

-Kim Bui at Burleson Orthodontics

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