The end of another year means a time for looking back and more importantly a time to reflect on changes we want or need to make, but as our News Channel Seven’s Jason Davis tells us, setting and keeping your News Year’s resolution is easier said than done.
"I pretty much set the same resolution every year. That’s to be more active and get into the gym more and be more active,” says resolution setter Felicia Long.
"I'm gonna’ revert this year to one I had a couple years ago. I'm gonna’ try and give up carbonated beverages. I realize that I drink a lot of those and I really need to drink more water,” says another resolution setter, Laura Mager.
But most of us don't keep them.
Psychology Prof. Lenneta Green says people who set News Year’s resolutions and don't reach them should try a different approach.
"Someone who for example wants to stop smoking, that’s their New Year’s resolution. Instead of taking it in small steps they want to go for the gusto all at once and tend to fail,” explains Lenneta.
And if getting in shape is your resolution fitness experts agree that starting too fast is where most go wrong.
"We know that most people that try resolutions, they usually, within probably the first month they're really gung-ho. They get going with it. They miss one day two days and before long they've quit,” says fitness trainer Kevin Sallaway.
So no matter what your New Year’s resolution, if you set a realistic goal you'll have a better chance at succeeding. If not, there's always 2006.
Recent polls show that spending more time with family and friends ranks top among Americans’ New Year’s resolutions.