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New Years Resolutions: Fact or Fiction

New Years Resolutions: Fact or Fiction

We all make our obligatory New Years resolutions each year. How many of us actually fulfill these goals? Or even make head-way on them at all? Often times, it feel like a lot of hot air:

"I'm going to lose 20 lbs."

"I will go to church every Sunday."

"I am going to exercise and eat right."

"I will not fight with my mother-in-law."

Any of these sound familiar to you? Maybe some more than others. Either way, are resolutions something we can actually stick to? In my years of working with people, one thing definitely stands out for clients who are looking to make change in their lives...often times the goals or change they want to make are unrealistic or unattainable. We set lofty goals for ourselves- they sound good and can drum up some inspiration. But when the daily grind comes into play, are they goals that someone can truly achieve?

I encourage you to take a look at the things you would like to change in your life. This can include everything from losing weight to managing emotions more successfully. Write them out in black and white. Then ask yourself, are they achievable? If not, how could I change the statement to make it realistic? Maybe the time frame on a goal is either awfully optimistic or pessimistic...really take time to self-evaluate. It can also be helpful to share some of these things with a significant other, a close friend, or a counselor to help you make your goals realistic and help keep you accountable.

New Years resolutions can be fact or fiction, depending on how you carry through your desire for change not just after January, but through the months that follow. Don't set yourself up for failure, but do try better yourself for the new year to come.

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