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Mind over matter meets New Year's Resolutions

By Bre Clark
Published On: Jan 01 2014 01:28:10 PM CST

As the 2014 begins many make New Year's resolutions, but are they mentally prepared?

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -

As people welcomed the New Year Wednesday many also made resolutions. Experts estimate that only 8 percent of people will keep their 2014 commitments. Community Care Dr. James Maguire said people usually go about it the wrong way.

"On a primary care level we have people coming in all of the time wanting help with their New Year's resolutions. It could be weight lose, it could be stopping tobacco, or a multitude of things," he said.

Maguire said people come to him for help without considering the mental obstacle that come with making such a huge commitment.

"First you have to minimize your expectations. People ask for too much," he said.

Many believe they can lose 40 pounds in a month, or stop smoking after only a few days, but health counselor Quinn Thibodeau said people usually go about their commitments the wrong way.

"Make it measurable and something you can actually attain and help perpetuate success," he said.

Thibodeau said success only comes with a certain level of commitment, which starts with a little self encouragement.

"It's good to tell yourself 'I've gone this far already or that isn't as hard as I pictured it to be,'" he said.

Therapists say falling off the new year bandwagon without handling it positively can also ruin your mental stability for the rest of the year.

"Focus on the exception, focus on the one time that you did succeed and build from that," said Thibodeau. 

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