5 Tips to Help You Stick to Your New Year's Resolution


New Year resolutions can be the same routine year after year with nothing to show for it at the end. Here are 5 Psychological Tips to Help You Stick to Your New Year's Resolution and make this year the year of lasting impacts.

1. Tell others about the resolution.

Telling other people about your plan can help in many ways. First, it is always easier to stick to a resolution when you have other people supporting you in this endeavor.

2. Choose a measurable and specific resolution.

Instead of resolving to "look better" or "have a better relationship with so and so," choose a more definable resolution, like "walk for 35 minutes a day" or "go out for coffee once a week with Walter."

3. Build in a reward system.

Connected to tip #2 of choosing a measurable and specific resolution. When you do accomplish this specific behavior, resolve to do give yourself a small reward for a "job well done."

4. Create resolution visual aids.

Positive reinforcement. Think about a picture or some other artifact that you can hang up somewhere visible as a reminder of your resolution goals.

5. Start with a ceremony.

Kick off your resolution with a bang! Organize some type of event or ceremony. If you are looking to get in shape, maybe some type of "sports day" to jump-start your year. Get creative, try and literally turn a new page in some way.

Happy New Year! May all of your wishes for health, well-being and prosperity come to fruition this new 2014
-Your Friends at Vail Ranch Pharmacy

Excerpt taken from "5 Psychological Tips to Help You Stick to Your New Year's Resolution"
By Avidan Milevsky, Professor of Psychology, Therapist, Author, Parenting media expert

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