It is probably safe to assume that many of you set some goals for the new year. Ahh, resolutions. Every year, well-meaning people wish to eat better, exercise more and visit their dentist on a regular basis.

Unfortunately, most of these wishes and hopes die before the first of February. Nobody knows for sure why this happens, it could be that too many people bite off more than they can chew. So how can you ensure that your goal to visit your dentist and lose weight will stick around in 2020? Well, there are ways you can make your New Year’s resolutions stick. James W. Mellert, your dentist in Torrance, offers tips that will help you keep your resolutions.

Know that You Will Stumble

Encountering a setback is one of the main reasons why people just give up on their New Year’s resolutions. If you have a relapse, don’t think of it as a failure. The path to your goal is never going to be easy and there will always be challenges.

View the mistakes you make as learning opportunities. Basically, if you fall off the bike, get up, brush yourself off and get back on it.

Get Support

We are sure you have heard this many times, but having support from others really does work. Explain your resolutions to family members and friends and ask them to help you achieve your goals. Better still, join a group of people who are sharing your goals. In all likelihood, you have friends or family members who are trying to achieve some of the same goals.

Realize that Change is a Process

Those unhealthy habits that you are desperately trying to change took many years to develop. As such, you cannot expect to change them in a week, month or even a year.

You need to come to the realization that it will take longer than you think to achieve some of your goals. But once you have made the commitment, continue to work on your goals in the long run.

Take Small Steps

Taking on too much all at once is another reason why so many resolutions fail. If you are trying to lose weight, drastically cutting calorie intake will just lead to failure. Instead, take small steps that will help you reach a larger goal.

Be Realistic

While it is admirable that you want to resolve to lose weight, make sure you are realistic about achieving your goal. Instead of resolving to lose 20 pounds in one month, resolve to lose three pounds a month until your 20-pound goal is met.

Be Specific

Your goal is to lose 20 pounds. Don’t just leave it at that. Sit down and write down just how you plan on losing the weight. You could reduce your calorie intake, exercise more or start a particular diet. Your goal will be easier to reach if you plan out how to reach it.

If one of your resolutions is to visit your dentist more often, get started on that right now by giving James W. Mellert a call.