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Keeping Resolutions For 2014
January 3, 2014

Eyewitness News Reporter Darrah Wilcox If you've made a promise to lose weight, quit smoking, save more money, or go back to school ... you're not alone!

Nearly half of Americans make new year's resolutions.

"People like to connect on a social level. People get excited about doing things that others are doing and want to be a part of that and things that make you feel good. People like to lean toward things that inspire and bring about a sense of well-being. and I think goals are kind of promoted more at the first of the year, kind of a clean slate, an opportunity to start again," said Cabell Huntington Hospital counselor Danny Hodges, who works at the Counseling Center.

Unfortunately, about 92 percent of people who make resolutions will also break them.

So how can you stay on track? Hodges says a simple acronym-- WIN-- can help you set and stick to goals.

First, WRITE it down. What's the purpose of the goal?
"It's good to have a mental list as well as something you can refer to and write down," said Hodges.

Also, make a list of pros versus cons.

Next- Whats the INSPIRATION? Pictures? Music? Quotes? Your favorite movie? Inspiration can keep you motivated. "Go places and experience things that support your goal, because that again is another form of connection, the inspiration comes from, and people who have already been challenged, and accomplished some of those goals, can share their wisdom with you," said Hodges.

He said it's very important to have that inspiration and to have that connection to stay focused on your goal.

Finally, NAVIGATE. Map out a plan for action. Set a timeline for short-term goals that will shape your bigger picture and get started. "It doesn't have to be lofty, it doesn't have to be something that's beyond reasonable expectation, but at least have a date and a time set," said Hodges.

He also said having resources or a mentor can keep you accountable. "Flexibility is a very important part because sacrifices happen, discouragement comes, or maybe setbacks, but these should be tools that help us strengthen our goals instead of defeating us," he said.


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