7 Steps for making New Year’s resolutions work

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – It’s easy to make New Year’s resolutions in the heat of enthusiasm, but it can be hard to make them work. Dr. Rob Robinson, Clinical Director of Family Care Counseling Associates in Wilbraham, shared 7 steps for making your resolutions work.

7-Steps for Making New Year’s Resolutions Work

1. Pick ONE meaningful thing to work on
– Ask yourself why this goal is important to you
– Don’t pick something that’s bound to fail
– Work in small steps

2. Plan ahead or ‘front-load” for success
– Research your goal: read about it, use the internet, learn as much as you can about what you plan to do
– Get everything you need to make the resolution a success: talk to your doctor, hire a trainer, get the proper equipment and tools you’ll need

3. Expect challenges and adversity
– Expect thoughts to interfere
– Expect other things to get in the way
– If you’re a procrastinator, expect procrastination
– Have a plan to deal with each adversity

4. Pick a start date
– It doesn’t have to be New Year’s Day
– Maybe another date makes more sense (i.e. when kids go back to school, or after a doctor’s visit)

5. Create a motto or motivational phrase for your goal
– “I am learning to take better care of myself”
– “I am learning that I matter”
– “I can overcome adversity”

6. Accept imperfection
– Don’t quit if you slip up or have a bad day
– Adopt a one-day-at-a-time mentality
– identify and learn from triggers

7. Reward yourself
– treat yourself for successful steps along the way
– rewards help build positive sentiment and encouragement

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