This is the time of year when many well-intentioned New Year "do-gooders" are facing a cross road. It's almost February and the temptation to give up on your resolution might be hitting full stride. There may be three strong weeks of doing good under your belt, but the urge to dump your resolution could be creeping in!
First of all, there's no need to wait until the new year to start embracing a resolution! There's no rule that says you can't start a new resolution today. For those temped to give up on your resolution, the root problem might be the resolution itself. It might be an unreasonable resolution in the first place.
Dr. Richard S. Winer is a psychiatrist in private practice in Roswell, Georgia and has been a guest author on our CareBlog in the past. We asked him his advice on how to keep a New Year's resolution stick, and here's what he told us:
"The happy feeling of success we get from achieving a New Year's resolution will most likely occur when the resolution, or goal we set, is reasonable and achievable. The resolution should be broken down into several small steps and it should be able to be changed if needed.
"New Year's resolutions should not be looked upon as a 'pass-fail' class."
Dr Winer also said, "We should set short-term goals that can be reached in less than 12 months and at many different times throughout the year. If we slip up, there's no law that says we can't adjust our goals to better fit our situation. We should also consider letting friends, peers and family in our resolutions. This can help motivate us and keep us on track.
"Setting fair expectations can help lower the anxiety and bad feelings that can come from setting unreasonable goals. At the very least, we can always give ourselves credit for trying and making a good attempt with our resolutions!"
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