Set resolutions and stick with them

Set resolutions and stick with them

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – The New Year is just days away, a fresh start, a time to kick our bad habits and move on as a new and improved us.
SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – The New Year is just days away, a fresh start, a time to kick our bad habits and move on as a new and improved us.

What's your resolution for 2014?

Whatever it is, reality tells us we may fall short.

"50% of us give up on our resolutions within the first 30 days, 75% have given up by the time the first three months have passed and three out of four of us are making resolutions we've made before five times," said Author, David Maxfield.

Maxfield is a Coauthor of Change Anything, a book that examines why New Year’s resolutions rarely stick.

He recommends starting with one goal and once you taste success move on to others.

"Start with something like weight loss or improving your education attainment and then you move to your career, you move to your relationships and some of the same principals work regardless of the domain," said Maxfield.

He breaks down those principals as influences and says understanding them can lead to achieving our goals.

On a personal level it comes down to will and skill.

On a social level it's about encouragement and support from the people around you.

Structurally, you need incentive and to change the environment around you.

Maxfield says these steps can mean the difference between the 75% who let go and the 25% who stick with it through the year.

"I think we get our sense of self esteem for having accomplished challenging and worthy goals."

No matter what they are.

Change Anything can be found at any bookstore.

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