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How to Increase Your Chances of Sticking with Your Resolutions

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The beginning of every new year comes with resolutions and plans for behavior change. Often the quest to improve health behaviors, such as losing weight, increasing physical activity or quitting tobacco is short-lived. Estimates vary, but by some accounts, as many as 80 percent of people fail to meet their resolution by mid-February. One study followed 200 people with New Year’s resolutions and reported that 81 percent of them failed to maintain their health behaviors after two years.

The reasons vary. With the case of cigarettes, people are dealing with a highly addictive product. For example, about 95 percent of people relapse after six to 12 months of abstinence when they try to quit smoking on their own.

Regardless of the severity of your addiction or even if you do not have an addiction, change is very hard. People often have not explored their reasons for making the change or how ready they are. They also may not have come up with a plan. And, they may simply not realize how hard it is to change behavior.

I am a counseling psychologist who studies and works with people trying to change their behavior. Those who succeed have certain things in common. They are usually motivated to change, and they believe in their ability to engage in positive health behaviors. They also track their health behaviors and set goals.

 

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The beginning of every new year comes with resolutions and plans for behavior change

Often the quest to improve health behaviors such as losing weight increasing physical activity or quitting tobacco is short lived

Estimates vary but by some accounts as many as 80 percent of people fail to meet their resolution by mid February

One study followed 200 people with New Years resolutions and reported that 81 percent of them failed to maintain their health behaviors after two years

The reasons vary

With the case of cigarettes people are dealing with a highly addictive product

For example about 95 percent of people relapsed after six to 12 months of abstinence when they try to quit smoking on their own

Regardless of the severity of your addiction or even if you do not have an addiction, change is very hard

People often have not explored their reasons for making the change or how ready they are

They also may not have come up with a plan

And they may simply not realize how hard it is to change behavior

I am a counseling psychologist who studies and works with people trying to change their behavior

Those who succeed have certain things in common

They are usually motivated to change and they believe in their ability to engage in positive health behaviors

They also track their health behaviors and set goals