KSAT Blog: Tips to make New Year's resolutions stick

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Wikipedia defines New Year's Resolution as a secular tradition in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement starting on New Year's Day. I define it as a goal I set and nearly always fail to reach.

After all, self reflection has never quite been my thing but I guess that in order to start fresh you must first see what you would like to change.

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Now I have never really been one to make a life altering resolution, I prefer to stick to the small things like, doing away with my border-line obsession with caffeine.

However despite my best intentions, my annual goal to cut back on my nearly daily trips to Starbucks always falls short and by February I find myself sipping my favorite iced Latte.

Like many of you I have set all the typical resolutions from promising to hit the gym more often to giving up unhealthy food or drinks but none of them have seemed to stick.

Maybe the problem is that many of us set unrealistic goals. Trinity University graduate and local family and couple psychiatrist Margene Hartley shared her insight.

"Human beings cannot tolerate big change but they can tolerate small changes over a small amount of time and if repeated pretty soon you have a big change."

It's my personal belief that it is that need for change that drives many of us to set personal goals this time of year.

I have even seen that same resolve among my co-workers here at KSAT, so I wanted to know what their New Year's Resolutions are.

For anchor Eileen Gonzales it is finding a good yoga studio and to work-out regularly again.

Director Jamie Schwirian says it is more about your state of mind. Jamie has pledged to work-out for her health, stress less and take more time for herself!

GMSA Executive Producer Mario Orellana says he aims to make it a better year than last and, to run more in hopes of exceeding his yearly goal of 1,200 miles.

For many of us, myself included, running hundreds of miles may seem a bit unrealistic, seeing that I have trouble convincing myself to walk a short distance to get the mail.

The key to keeping to our resolutions, says Hartley, is that they have to be something you want to do AND short term goals are always more successful.

Take for example if you want to quit smoking, experts say don't expect it to happen overnight. Instead find a support system or help group to lean on, "less than 1 percent of people can quit something cold turkey," said Hartley.

And remember there is power in numbers and many times not going at it alone makes your goal seem more surmountable.

So don't be afraid to raise your glass and ring in the New Year with the promise to toss bad habits out the window because even if your resolution lasts just a few days there is always next year! Happy New Year's!

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