Tips to keeping New Year’s resolutions

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HOUSTON, Texas - With every new year comes a flurry of resolutions.  While it might be easy to make them, it's not easy to stick with the year long goals.

"It's always challenging to keep because of work and family, and all the other normal things that come in the way," Jericia Havekost said while walking at Memorial Park.

Clinical Psychologist Mark Crawford provides a few ways to help reach goals.  It starts with avoiding broad plans.

"I think you have to be specific.  I want to lose ten pounds, I want to save $2000 this year.  So, the more specific, the more likely you will meet that goal," Crawford said.

On top of that, it's better to exercise short term planning.

"A year is too long. Set a goal for a week, for two weeks at most - then see how you're doing," Crawford said.

Crawford also warns that slip-ups are part of the process.

"You have to expect a setback and get right back on track.  The goal is progress toward your goal, not perfection."

The clinical psychologist adds that it's better not to make too many resolutions at once. It's better to start with just one or two.

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