January 10, 2019

The Psychology of Sticking to New Year’s Resolutions

Jerold Gold, Ph.D. '80, Adelphi professor of psychology, being interviewed by News 12

Whether it be to get healthy, advance your career or better manage finances, sticking to a New Year’s resolution can be a daunting task. Jerold Gold, Ph.D. ’80, Adelphi professor of psychology, sat down with News 12 Long Island to discuss best practices for following through on a New Year’s resolution.

Dr. Gold said the key to success is being SMART. The acronym stands for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.

“If people apply those five ideas to what they are trying to accomplish for themselves, they are more likely to be able to achieve their desired goals,” Dr. Gold said. “Keep it simple, keep it specific, and make it something you really believe and have demonstrated that you can do.”

According to Dr. Gold, New Year’s resolutions are a particular class of behavioral change that require five steps to achieve: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, taking action, and maintenance. Following these steps will put an individual closer to successfully achieving a goal and not faltering in their resolutions.

To learn more about Dr. Gold’s New Year’s resolutions tips, see News 12’s extended Facebook Live discussion.

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