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New Year’s Resolutions: Take Steps Not Leaps

December 31, 2011|Uncategorized

Change is hard. And, big changes can be especially hard to make and to maintain. So, if you are going to make a resolution for the New Year, think of something small that you would like to change and set a realistic goal.

By setting unrealistic goals, we set ourselves up for failure and can even make ourselves feel worse than we did before we set the goals. So, before you create a list of New Year’s resolutions to ring in 2012, try to think of just one small change that you would like to make AND that you think you can maintain for the long haul.

For example, rather than putting yourself through another all-out diet that will likely be difficult to maintain, choose a small change in your diet that can lead to better health. Giving up sugary beverages like soda might be a good option that could be maintained over time (and that likely would result in a marked reduction in caloric and sugar intake).

And, of course, if you want to make greater changes in your life for 2012, working with a psychologist and behavioral specialist can be a great option. Change is hard, but you don’t have to do it alone.

Good luck!

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