13 March 2017
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Self Improvement
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Cheers, 2017 is here. Happy New Year to you all! At the beginning of each new year many of us make resolutions. Mostly, resolutions are geared towards your personal needs and/or preferences.  What is going to improve your current lifestyle, to aid in making you the best you, you could possibly be? Our resolutions are to assist us along this rocky journey of self-improvement.  Many of us dive in full throttle and we do great for the first few weeks but then we tend to not see the results we anticipated or we realize that our resolutions are to restrictive and we give up…. back to what we have become comfortable with.  I would like to suggest, instead of making unrealistic resolutions, sit down and come up with your long-term resolutions and then come up with some short-term resolutions that you can use to measure your long-term goals.  For instance, let’s say your long-term resolution is to lose 20lbs…….”now, you and I both know that you did not gain this 20 extra pounds overnight and we should know that you are not going to lose it in a matter of days”….you want to set measurable short-term goals to aid in reaching your long-term goal….like, I am going to exercise 3 days a week for a minimum of 20-30  minutes, or I am going to decrease my sugar or processed food intake weekly.  Giving up everything all at once, is setting one up for failure.  If you are strong willed and can give it up, then by all means do so. Most of us need to gradually incorporate these changes into our current lifestyles. Once you have reached a short-term millstone, reward yourself. You are on the right track and making progress. Now, by rewards I do not mean go and undo all the hard work you have already done to make it this far….just a small reward for reaching a goal. Continue on this path until you reach your long-term resolutions. The key, don’t give up…baby steps!!!

Wishing you health and prosperity in 2017.

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Thenessa, an LPC-Intern, is a graduate of the Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling program at Amberton University under the supervision of Megan R. Lee, LPC-S. Thenessa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Biology from East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas.

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