The New Year’s Resolution Dilemma

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It never fails; as the end of the year approaches, so do the resolutions—those promises you make that you’re going to keep for sure this year. But are you really? What’s going to be different this time? Have you experienced a total mental shift? Because that’s exactly what you need in order to follow through. It’s easy to say what you’re going to do; a lot more difficult to do it. Why? Because when you come up with your Mighty Resolutions, you are not always being realistic. Are you really going to avoid all sugar? Go to the gym 7 days a week? Lose 50 pounds in a month? Resolutions are fine, but if you want to carry them out:

Take SMALL STEPS!

1) How about eliminating half the sugar you eat instead of all? 2) How about 3 days a week at the gym instead of 7? 3) How about losing 8 pounds a month instead of 50? More doable, right? The inability to stick to your resolutions is often about over-reaching. Work on a plan that’s achievable long-term. If not, you’ll end up frustrated. It’s about the baby steps. Good luck! Submitted by Rossana Snee, MFT. Follow her on Twitter @askjoshsmom, Periscope.com, and www.rossanasnee.com. She is available in a therapeutic capacity, and also for speaking engagements.

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