Many of us set New Year’s resolutions, but it’s been found that only 8% of people are actually successful in reaching their goals. Why do we have such a difficult time keeping resolutions and how can we increase the odds of success?
Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions
Below are a couple of tips to keep in mind when setting and trying to keep New Year’s resolutions:
Set aside time – We’re all so busy as it is, that it can be overwhelming to try and find time for your resolution. So, for example, if you were trying to get healthier, schedule time at the gym, in the same way, you’d schedule appointments. Set reminders until it becomes a habit.
Short-term goals mean long-term results – One great way to have more success with your goals is to break them down into more manageable sections. For example, if you’re trying to quit smoking, don’t just quit cold turkey. It’s much more manageable to cut back to a few cigarettes a day and go from there.
Reassess if needed – If you find that something isn’t working like you thought it would, it’s ok to reassess and modify your resolutions. For example, if you’re trying to save $100 a month, but you’re finding that it’s just too difficult, you can go down to $50. This is still a great goal but might be simpler to reach.
Keep a record – Track your progress and setbacks. This is a great way to stay accountable and to have a visible idea of what works and what doesn’t work.
Here at Meadows Family Dental, we want you to reach your goals and be successful. By following the tips above, we believe that you can increase your chances of joining the 8% of people who keep their New Year’s resolutions!
If one of your New Year’s resolutions includes improving your dental health or that of your children, please make an appointment for a dental cleaning and exam for the whole family here at our Castle Rock, Colorado family dental office today.
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Dr. Preston Polson has been practicing dentistry for over 15 years. Dr. Polson received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Colorado and completed a one-year Hospital based General Practice Residency in Burlington, Vermont. Dr. Polson continues to receive advanced training in restorative, cosmetic, implant, and reconstructive dentistry in an effort to provide each patient with the highest quality dental care possible.