Tips From A Doctor On How To Keep Your New Year's Resolution

8:02 PM, Dec 29, 2011   |    comments
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It's that time of year. You're making resolutions, setting goals for the new year. But we all know those goals don't always work.

We spoke with Dr. David Gutterman - a Psychologist with Lebauer Health - about making, and keeping those resolutions.

One of the questions we asked Dr. Gutterman, was do we set ourselves up for failure when we set new year's resolutions?

Gutterman told us, "If it's done in the right way, it's wonderful to set goals and dates and times."

Many times, people make change based on a personal experience. We asked Dr. Gutterman about this. How realistic is it to set an aribtrary date, like January 1st, to make a change?

Gutterman said, "You don't need to feel compelled necessarily for January 1st. I think if you plan for it, there's still time to really think through the goals that we want to set for ourselves, we can and should set goals thoughout the year."

We asked Gutterman about the people who actually manage to make changes in their life -- What is their secret?

The response? "If you're planful and set meaningful to you, it has to be meaningful to you personally, write them down. Put them in your phone to remind you of your goals and why they're important to you."

A tip Dr. Gutterman left us with: "People set lots of goals and [they're] unrealistic goals. Don't just say "I want to lose weight" but how to do it. Be specific in how you're going to reach that goal."

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