Are you making New Year's resolutions?

By: Dr. Jennifer B. Lagrotte, DMFT

With Christmas just around the corner and New Years not far off, people are soon going to be thinking of what new promises they would like to make to themselves for 2009. There are many out there who donít think too much about making new resolutions, either because they donít believe in doing such a thing or they have never been able to keep up with them in the past. Others continue to make new resolutions every year, either because they feel they have kept up with them well enough in the past to warrant making a new one, or they legitimately want to make a lasting change in their lives. Regardless of whether your friends or relatives feel making resolutions are important or not, what really matters is if you would like to make a resolution for yourself.

A New Yearís resolution is basically a promise that one makes to their self for that year, whether it is to lose twenty pounds, to quit smoking or to minimize the number of drinks they have per day. It is something that only you can decide for yourself. First, you have to think about what is important to you, and what it is about yourself and/or your life that you would like to change for the better. It helps to think back to the last year and pin point what you may want to improve upon it for next year. Now, a New Yearís resolution doesnít necessarily have to be for only one year, it could be a long-term promise that you feel you want to keep for a few years or even for the rest of your life. It all depends on what the promise to yourself is.

When making a New Yearís resolution, many will make a hasty choice as to what it will be and then forget about it shortly after. Some will make a resolution that they have full intention of following through on, but then it falls to the back of their mind and they slowly forget about it. This, of course, defeats the whole purpose of making a resolution. If you want to make a serious New Yearís resolution, you need to give it some serious thought. You want to think of something that you really want to change, as well as something that you will be able to follow through on. What good is a promise if you canít follow it through? It should be remembered, however, that regardless of what you decide your New Yearís resolution to be, you will have to be prepared to put some effort into following through with it. If you need a little help with your resolution, you can always contact an online counselor. You might be wondering how online counseling can help you with this. Some online therapy can help a great deal when trying to learn more about yourself and decide what about yourself you would like to change in the New Year. Speaking with and online therapist can also go a long way in helping you to achieve your resolution.

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