Old habits die hard. This is particularly true of bad habits. Basically, this means that when you resolved to eat healthier foods on New Year’s Eve, you presented yourself with an opportunity to fail. The same holds true for all of you who resolved to save more money, lose weight and be more productive at work. Your New Year’s resolutions came on a surge of optimization and, perhaps, hope, but they often die before the end of January.

Don’t fret, you are hardly alone when it comes to breaking New Year’s resolutions. Some studies put the rate of failure at around 90 percent. Which means that if you are like most, you have a one in 10 chance of actually ditching those 20 pounds you resolved to lose. We don’t know about you, but we don’t like those odds at all.

It’s the same story every year; you resolve to better yourself and wind up failing. But, you think to yourself, this year will be different. Why? Well, because you rationalize that the old you will change into the new you and actually achieve your resolution goals. But you are just kidding yourself.

Don’t feel bad about it and don’t just give up and walk away. There are ways in which you can improve your chances of achieving your resolution goals. So if you resolve to visit James Mellert, your dental clinic in Torrance twice a year, you stand a better chance of following through if you follow these tips.

Only Make Resolutions if You are Serious About Change

Are you making a resolution because you truly want to achieve a goal with all of your heart or are you doing this because it is what everybody else is doing? If you expect to achieve a goal, don’t do it for all of the wrong reasons, you are just setting yourself up for failure.

If you are truly passionate about making a change for the better, you stand a much better chance of success. But this means you have the urge to change even when nobody else is watching.

Take a Mulligan or Three

You will find it very difficult sticking to good behaviors all of the time. That is, you can expect to mess up every once in awhile. But that’s fine, just as long as you get back on track as soon as possible.

For example, if you resolve to eat healthier foods and find yourself at McDonald’s slamming down a Big Mac with cheese, two McRib sandwiches, an eight-piece McNuggets and washing it all down with a Coke, shrug it off and start again tomorrow.

Start Small

You will find that when your New Year’s resolutions are small, you stand a lot better chance of achieving your goals. It is really unrealistic to set very high standards and expect to reach them right away, if at all. Take, for example, maintaining a healthier diet. You can’t expect to quit fast foods cold turkey and suddenly sustain your body with tofu, avocados, protein shakes and brown rice. You will have better success if you slowly ease yourselves into this.

Start by swapping out a couple of meals a week of burgers and fries for healthy alternatives. As time progresses, continue weaning yourself from McDonald’s until the Big Mac is just a faded memory.

Yell it from the Top of a Mountain

Not literally, of course, but do what you can to let people know what your goals are in the new year. Tell your friends about your goals, post them to Facebook and Instagram and even let your co-workers know what your resolutions are, the more you tell, the better. You see, you are less likely to cave in and give up if everybody knows what you are up to.

Replace the Bad With Good

You have a better chance of success if you find ways to distract yourself from what you are trying to quit. For example, instead of eliminating alcohol from your life, replace it with something else. Instead of coming home from work and pouring a glass of wine, have a snack as a replacement. This is a better way to quit bad habits and form good ones.

Ask for Help

There is no shame to ask for support from friends and family members. Reaching some of your goals will be tough and you would be a fool to go at it all alone. Family and friends can be there to support you, encourage you and help you find success.

It is also a good idea to seek professional help. Professionals are trained to understand the connection between the mind and the body and can offer strategies as to how to reach your goals as well as change unhealthy behaviors and address any emotional issues you might have.

If one of your resolutions was to see your dentist more often, give James W. Mellert a call today.