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Once again, it’s that time of year when we make a promise to ourselves to stick with our diets and exercise regimens, spend less money, become better organized with our credit cards, or manage our time better, just to name a few.
We start the new year with really good intentions, revved up with motivation. Gradually, though, our level of motivation diminishes as the year goes on and can become nonexistent.
Research suggests that approximately half of all Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Of those who do, only eight percent actually achieves their New Year’s resolutions (Forbes, 2016). What is making it so difficult for us to follow through on our resolutions? Why do we lose motivation halfway through the process?
Perhaps the answer to those questions liea in the strategy or approach used to accomplish such a goal (resolution).
When it comes to goal setting, many use the S.M.A.R.T method as a guideline. That acronym stands for setting specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-based goals. Instead, I recommend the H.A.R.D. method, which can be equally effective, and may even increase your chances of staying fully committed to your resolution for much longer.
The following explains the H.A.R.D resolutions approach:
Be balanced in your decision when choosing a resolution, and recognize that obstacles and setbacks will occur throughout your journey. Keeping a logbook and reaching out for support through family and friends or resources like www.getorganizedwizard.comcan also help you stay on track and committed to your New Year’s Resolution.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Cerena Reid-Maynard, MSW, LICSW is a licensed clinical therapist. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work at Rhode Island College. Cerena works at Rhode Island Hospital’s Adult Partial Program where she provides therapy in group settings, as well as individually. She can be reached at (401) 444-5081.