How to keep New Year's Resolutions

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - If you started the year by making some New Year's resolutions, you are in good company.

A new survey by the University of Scranton has found 45 percent of us planned to make them, but here's the rub, when it comes to keeping them, only about 8 percent of us will succeed.
Becky Gorman from the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality and Healing says that doesn't have to happen providing you are open to a new approach.

What tips do you have for people who decide to make a New Year's resolution?

1. Keep it simple - Start simply and grow from there
2. Be clear and specific - Make your resolution attainable and measurable
3. Support your resolution - Support other's resolutions and ask for support on yours
4. Enjoy the journey - Make your resolution fun. Your chances of success will improve dramatically!

Generally, why do New Year's resolutions fail?

From my experience, resolutions often fail for these four reasons:

1. Take on too much, too fast
2. Often lose sight of why they care about this resolution
3. Lack of useful support from their support system
4. Head games - own personal negative thoughts influence success rate

For more information about the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality & Healing please visit

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