How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

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Whether your New Year’s resolution is big, like Orland Park resident Matt Lusa’s, “it’s to try 200 times harder at everything I do so I can be that much better,” or small, like Naperville resident TJ McMillan’s, “my New Year’s resolution is to keep my room more clean,” it’s a challenge to hang onto them.

In fact, less than ten percent of Americans feel that they’re able to keep their New Year’s resolution.

So what can you do to make sure that gym membership stays active and those grades go up?

“The first thing I would say is know the ‘why,’ why are you saying that this is a resolution you really want to write down?” said Diane Overgard, Executive Life Coach with 45 Degrees Coaching. “And if you know you’re why, and it’s really important to you, that’s the first thing.”

Doing so ensures that the goal is too important for you to just forget, though you should still help yourself remember.

“Have it posted in front of your desk or have it on your coffee cup, sometimes I ask people to write it inside their calendar, there’s all sorts of software that you can have as an app on your phone that you can look at daily,” said Overgard. “Just make it so visible for yourself that you can’t forget it.”

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by a big goal, work toward it step by step. You need to run a 12 minute mile before you can run a 10 minute mile.

And you don’t have to work alone, share goals with a resolution partner so you can encourage each other to keep them.

Naperville News 17’s Blane Erwin reports.