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Making New Year’s Resolutions Count

Most new years usually start the same. We are bright and hopeful as we set new goals for ourselves. However, if you are like me, the motivation and excitement for these resolutions that came with the new year seem to fade after the first week; and then as time goes by the resolutions you were so excited about become a burden.  So, how can we make our resolutions count this year? Here are some ideas on how to keep those resolutions at the top of your list, and make them last to the end of the year.

Wasatch Family Therapy1. Start small

When setting New Year’s resolutions, start small then get bigger as you feed off your success. For example, I heard something on the radio once about making changes.  Exercising is a great resolution, but it can feel pretty overwhelming if we start with, “I’m going to go to the gym for one hour everyday”.  Instead, one woman determined to do push-ups for just one minute every day—something she was sure she could commit to. She did, gained muscle, self confidence, and of course, once started couldn’t keep to one minute—she lost 7 pounds the first month.  When you feel better you do better and a good cycle begins. Starting small can be applied to any goal.