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Health & Happiness: New Year, New Goals

| January 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

By Camille Keith

A new year means an opportunity to make changes and do things differently. While many people make New Year’s resolutions, they often find it hard to stick with them. What can you do to set yourself up for success?

Create realistic goals. Be honest about what you want to achieve, and what seems reasonable.

Think about short-term and long-term goals. Part of creating realistic goals can be breaking your goal down into more manageable steps. Your long-term goal may be to run a marathon, and your short-term goal is to run one mile.

Be specific. It’s important to clarify what your goal is, so you’ll know when you’ve achieved it. If your goal is to be healthier, think about if you are focusing on your physical, emotional, or mental health.

Measure your progress. As you get more specific about your goals, you also want to think about how you will measure your progress. Maybe your goal is to reduce stress, and you have decided to practice mindfulness as a way to work toward your goal. Then your goal could be to practice mindfulness for 10 minutes 5 days a week.

Make meaningful goals. Focus on the changes you want to make, don’t just create goals because you think you “should” or someone else wants you to. You’re more likely to make changes if you care about your goals.

Having difficulty staying motivated? Counseling can help you explore your values and clarify your goals.

Camille Keith, MS, NCC is an LPC Intern under the supervision of Tara Sanderson PsyD, and provides individual counseling to help you clarify your values and maintain your sense of self in relationships. For more information, call (971) 295-1547 or visit

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