While about 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions each year, only about 8 percent are successful in achieving their goals. Some of the more popular resolutions often involve overall lifestyle changes, such as losing weight (by exercising more and/or eating healthy), quitting smoking and saving more money.
While these are positive resolutions, many people do not succeed because they don’t plan properly and/or set attainable goals. Therefore, when setting New Year’s resolutions, do not have an “all-or-nothing” mentality. Busy schedules and unexpected events throughout the year can disturb our daily lives; therefore, it is important to be flexible. Maintain a “something-is-better-than-nothing” focus.
By setting more realistic resolutions this year, we can put ourselves on track for success. Be honest with yourself and make the commitment to work toward your goals; however, understand there may be a few obstacles along the way.
Dr. David Gutterman is a clinical psychologist at LeBauer Behavioral Medicine and a member of the Cone Health Medical Group. He completed undergraduate studies at Tulane University and earned a Master of Arts in marriage and family therapy from the University of Houston. Dr. Gutterman earned his Doctor of Philosophy in clinical psychology from Northwestern University.