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Making and Accomplishing New Year's Resolutions

Tools

By Aimee Burnett

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Each year nearly half of all Americans make some sort of a New Year's resolution, but very few achieve their goals.

At the start of each year forty-five percent of Americans make New Year's resolutions.

But, only about eight percent will achieve their goals.

"Sometimes we have these grandiose ideas, okay it's the New Year and I'm going to do all of these things, but there are so many that we get bogged down," said Janice Hendrix, Counselor and Therapist, Twin Falls.

Hendrix has some recommendations on how to not only set goals, but attain them.

"I think the biggest thing you need to do first of all is write it down because if you write it down and you can see it then you're more likely to follow through," said Hendrix.

Hendrix uses a dry erase marker to write her goals on her bathroom mirror as a constant reminder of what she's trying to achieve.

"I think it's really important that you think about them throughout the day, so that you know what you're doing," said Hendrix.

Nearly half of the people who make resolutions don't follow through beyond the first month.

Weight loss and bad habits like smoking are always at the top of resolution lists, and can be the hardest to accomplish.

"Relapses are part of the process of healing and so you can't expect to be perfect," said Hendrix.

Hendrix recommends you celebrate in your successes and not focus on your failures.

To prevent relapses answer the question, “What will I do instead?”

"You need to get through it, but you need to decide before hand how you're going to do that. As with any addiction once that hits have a plan. Some people will suck on a sucker," said Hendrix.

Accountability can also play a huge role in your success.

If you tell someone else what you're trying to accomplish you are more likely to follow through.

Keep in mind that withdrawal from certain chemicals can be dangerous and you may need to seek professional help.



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