By Dr. Gerard Muraida
Resolutions vary from person to person, but for most, the trick to keeping a resolution intact is to limit your goals.
Promises for the new year commonly include weight loss, smoking cessation, exercise programs, spending more time with family, and working less. However, a long list of drastic changes that are meant for a total makeover can kill success from Day One due to frustration and discouragement.
According to research firm Drive Research, more than a third of Americans make new year’s resolutions, yet than 10 percent stick to them through the year.
A new you may be what is in order, but one step at a time and one adaptation at a time will be key to realize long-lasting victory.
Contributing factors to personal achievement include:
- Setting realistic goals.
- Commitment and personal motivation.
- Developing a plan with incremental small steps.
- A support system of family or friends.
- Adaptability and consistency.
- Forming new habits while remaining amenable to change.
- Avoiding known pitfalls.
So, think small, think consistency and plan ahead for possible obstacles to have a triumphant 2024.