Therapeutic Word of the Day: Resolution

“Resolutions come and go, but true goals last. Make goals for the year, not resolutions.”

We are all guilty of it. A new year comes around and we make resolutions of things we want to do in the new year. A week or two goes by and we abandon our resolutions, as they were often not realistic or not something we truly wanted. In truth for most people, resolutions do not work. They are ways for us to feel better about the new year and to give ourselves false motivation. In truth, setting real, manageable goals, is much more productive.

If you want to get something done in the New Year, as yourself what it is you truly want. For example, many want to lose weight, especially after the holiday season. If losing weight is a goal you have set just for overeating at the holidays, it will not last. Over time, you will get distracted with life, and you will forget about this goal. A better motivator would be to become more healthy and to enjoy life more. This is a better reason, as it is long lasting.

If you want to succeed at a goal, the best way is to break it into smaller parts. Make these parts something you can do daily or, at least, weekly, so progress is continuous. Over time, you will see real progress with your goal, which will be motivating. By the time the year ends, your goal will most likely be complete, or close to it. By approaching goals this way, you have a much higher chance of success.

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Nathan Driskell

Hello, my name is Nathan Driskell and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor in the Houston / Cypress area specializing in the treatment of Internet Addiction & Asperger’s / Autism. I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples & families.

You can reach me at my website or call me directly at 832-559-3520 if you have any questions. Thank You!
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