Studies show that less than 10 percent of people actually stick to their New Year’s resolutions each year. That is a pretty dismal number. It probably makes you wonder why you should even bother following through with your resolutions.

We often tend to set some broad goals for ourselves this time of the year. We desire to lose weight, eat healthily and visit our dentist on a regular basis, but often fall short when actually trying to carry them out. If you have tried and failed at resolutions time and time again, it might be time to take some tips into consideration. Making resolutions is easy, keeping them is where you need the help.

James W. Mellert, your dentist in Torrance, offers these tips to keeping your New Year’s resolutions.

You Must Want It

The success of any resolution you make comes down to how much you want to reach that goal. If you resolve to eat healthier food, but aren’t really all that excited about it, you are destined to fail. Let’s get real. Life is going to get in the way of your goals and it is the way you react that will determine if you make or break your resolutions. If you really don’t want to lose 10 pounds, then it just isn’t going to happen.

Your Goals Should Be Achievable

You will be disappointed at the end of the month if you resolved to drop 30 pounds by the end of January. That is a goal that is tough for anybody to reach. Your best bet is to break that down in a way that it can be measured. Instead, resolve to lose 4 pounds a month for the next eight month. This is a goal that is much easier to achieve and will leave you encouraged at the end of each month.

Have Reminders Everywhere

In the midst of our very busy lives, it is inevitable that resolutions might totally slip our minds from time to time. To keep this from happening, make sure that your resolutions are written down and prominently displayed around your home and your workstation. This way, you have constant reminders that you made some goals at the beginning of the year and you won’t forget about them.

Lose The Negativity

Don’t go into this thinking that it’s a bad idea or that there is no way you can reach these goals. If so, then you are already defeated. And even though you may have tried resolutions in the past and failed, this year will be different. Think positive thoughts about yourself and your resolutions every morning when you get up.

Get Help

There is absolutely no shame in having to lean on family members and friends for support. Talk about your resolutions with people you trust and ask them for their help. You will be glad you did when you reach a low point and are ready to throw in the towel.

And if you resolved to visit your dentist on a regular basis, now is the time to keep that resolution. Give James M. Mellert a call today.