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New Year’s Resolutions – How to keep them!!

Peggy Defazio
Coast Counseling & Consulting

A Modern Perspective on Mental Health
By Peggy Defazio LPC
Coastal Counseling & Consulting LLC

New Year’s Resolutions –

2018 is almost here. Most of us think about making positive changes with the coming New Year and set a New Year’s resolution. Unfortunately, many of us aren’t able to keep the resolution we set. So, if most of us break our resolution, why go to the trouble to set a New Year’s resolution?

Research has shown that people who set a resolution are more likely to reach their goal than those who don’t. So, what can you do to help yourself set and keep a resolution you really want? There’s lots of research on how to be successful – here are the most common top suggestions:

* Make your resolution something that you truly believe you can achieve and you really want.
* Make your resolution reasonable, specific, and measureable – you have to know what you’re working towards. If it’s a big goal, break it down into smaller steps knowing you will move from step to step until you’re at your goal.
* Schedule time to work on your resolution. Stick to your schedule just like you would if your resolution was part of a job.
* Let’s say you want to get your entire life organized – here’s an example on how to set a resolution that would be do-able before the end of 2018. Ask yourself if you believe that you’re capable of being totally organized if you’re given the chance. Also ask yourself if you really want to be organized – some folks do well with the random pile system …. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Set exactly what it is you want to get organized and set a deadline. You could have your entire life organized by the time 2019 comes around, but you’ll have to break it down into smaller steps – you have to decide what needs to be organized first. Once that’s accomplished, you can move on to the next area.
* Set aside some time to work on your resolution – whatever day and time that works for you.

Happy New Year!

Peggy Defazio, LPC
Coast Counseling and Consulting, LLC

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