How to keep your New Year's resolutions in 2014

As we get ready to ring in 2014, you might be thinking ahead to your New Year?s resolutions. But what will it take to stick to them?
December 29, 2013 8:44:11 PM PST
As we get ready to ring in 2014, you might be thinking ahead to your New Year's resolutions. But what will it take to stick to them?

For many of you, another year means another chance to better yourself. What will you do?

"Try and be a better person, and run more. I've got a few more miles to go," Howard Stone said.

But even those of us with the best intentions tend to fall off the wagon weeks or months into the new year.

Dr. LeCresha Peters, a family medicine physician with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Houston, says you should start off the year with a realistic goal for yourself, and be specific.

"I think it's really important to set a specific, small, achievable goal then work toward building on that as the days go on," Peters said.

Peters says most people are too vague when it comes to choosing a resolution.

"You know, just to kind of shepherd my children my better and simplify my life," Liz Lee said.

Instead, Peters suggests outlining specific changes you need to make in your life to achieve what you want. Small, incremental changes will help you stay on track without getting discouraged, and a support system will help when you feel like you want to give up.

"Accountability is important, and when you share with family and friends what your intentions are, they can keep you on track when you veer off course and re-direct you back to what you committed to do," Peters said.

Whatever you resolve to do in 2014, reward yourself along the way to stay motivated. Keeping a log or writing down your progress may be just enough to keep you going.

"I lost my father a month ago. That totally changed my perspective on life," Annabelle Landa said. "This year I'm going to make it one of the best ones ever."

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