Making a New Year’s resolution a reality

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology shows 45% of Americans usually make New Year's resolutions, yet only about 8% succeed in keeping them.

According to the study, the top five resolutions are:

  • Losing weight
  • Getting organized
  • Spending less, saving more
  • Enjoying life to the fullest
  • Staying fit and healthy

So, what separates those who achieve their goals from those who fail?

We spoke with Huntsville Life Coach Crystal Kiss to get some advice on making resolutions a reality.

Kiss believes it's important to start small.  She says, "a lot of times, the changes we set out in New Year's resolutions are big... 'I'm going to completely change my diet and my health'... and while that is possible, it's not possible all at once."

Instead, Kiss recommends creating small, "action steps." For instance, if your goal is to find a new job, your steps might include joining a job networking site or attending industry events.

Accountability is also key. As a life coach, its Kiss' job to listen to her clients, ask questions that help focus their goals, point out their progress and acknowledge when they fail.

In the absence of a coach, a trusted family member of friend can do the same. As Kiss puts it, you need someone "that is really going to hold your feet to the fire, not just say 'oh, it's okay, you had a bad day.'"

If you think you could use a little professional help with your goals, Kiss is offering free 30-minute New Year's Resolution strategy sessions. Just visit and click on the scheduling tab.

Another free opportunity is an upcoming video series called "Kitchen Clean Out" that focuses on cleansing your kitchen from the excess of the holidays.

Those who are interested in taking a deeper look at their lives are invited to check out her Power of Purpose course that begins January 10.