Making New Year’s resolutions is a common practice for most Americans. It’s kind of fun to think about resetting and striving for a “new you” in the new year. While setting the goals is exciting, the devil is in the details. Let’s take a look at what our members’ resolutions are, how well everyone is progressing, and ways to help make those goals a reality.

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What to do if you fall behind

Remember that a year is 365 days long; if you start to lag on your milestones, you can always adjust your goal, refocus, and commit to carrying through to the end of the year. Instead of looking back at what you didn’t accomplish, continue to look forward to your next goal.

And try the 90/10 rule: If you put in the effort 90 percent of the time, you’re still highly likely to meet your goal. Oh, and here’s a bit of news: If you’ve ever heard that it takes about 21 days to develop a new habit or break an old one, science suggests that the actual time is closer to 66 days. So, whatever you start, stick to it for at least a couple months before modifying your goal.

Be sure to add, “Use my Teladoc benefit,” to your New Year’s resolutions. Not only can our board-certified doctors diagnosis and treat a wide variety of non-emergency concerns—anything from a sprain or strain to the flu or a sinus infection—but Teladoc can also help with your time- and money-saving goals. Download the app and you’ll have 24/7 access to top-notch care anywhere you are!

Good luck and have a great year!

References

1GoSkills
2SMART Goal Setting Basics
3Women’s Health
4ScienceAlert

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