Tips to accomplish your New Year’s Resolution - KNOE 8 News; KNOE-TV; KNOE.com |

Tips to accomplish your New Year’s Resolution

Posted: Updated:

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) – Scott Shelby is a licensed professional counselor who makes his living helping people accomplish their goals. A lot of us in the Arklamiss have big dreams, which means a big change. In order to be successful Shelby says we should take smaller steps.

"Sometimes we have too high of goals. Sometimes goals are unrealistic and unattainable," said Scott Shelby.

There's no secret to success. If you want to stop smoking like Cherri or lose weight like David, your chances increase if you don't keep your goal a secret either.

"Writing down a goal, the likelihood of you being successful with that goal dramatically increases. Telling someone about it, having a spouse or a friend or a co-worker holding you accountable to the goals that you are setting really increases the likelihood that you will be successful with your goals," said Shelby.

Only eight percent of people are successful in accomplishing their New Year's Resolution. Experts say that number could be a lot higher if we found joy in the journey and recognized the progress we are making.

"Reward yourself. If you're goal is to lose 50 pounds and after you've lost ten, reward yourself. Give yourself a pat on the back for moving closer towards your goal. That is going to help you stay focused and stay motivated to complete that goal," said Shelby.

When we know better we do better. 2014 can be our year to see the results we want, if we follow some of the doctors' orders.

Professional counselors want everyone to know that it's okay if you slip-up occasionally because our goals are accomplished by determination and dusting ourselves off when we fall and get back up.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • West Monroe man arrested for meth possession

    West Monroe man arrested for meth possession

    Sunday, July 27 2014 9:09 PM EDT2014-07-28 01:09:38 GMT
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - West Monroe Police arrested a man early Sunday morning for possession of drugs.
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - West Monroe Police arrested a man early Sunday morning for possession of drugs.
  • Retired deputy drowns trying to save terrier

    Retired deputy drowns trying to save terrier

    Sunday, July 27 2014 8:43 PM EDT2014-07-28 00:43:53 GMT
    Ret. Lt. Sam Vitter (Source: APSO)Ret. Lt. Sam Vitter (Source: APSO)
    PRAIRIEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office says a recently retired deputy has drowned trying to rescue his Yorkshire terrier.
    PRAIRIEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office says a recently retired deputy has drowned trying to rescue his Yorkshire terrier.
  • Areas of West Monroe test positive for West Nile

    Areas of West Monroe test positive for West Nile

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:31:42 GMT
    OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News OPMAD) - Three mosquito pools, representing three locations, have tested positive for West Nile virus in Ouachita Parish.
    OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News OPMAD) - Three mosquito pools, representing three locations, have tested positive for West Nile virus in Ouachita Parish.
  • MPD investigate Friday night rape report

    MPD investigate Friday night rape report

    Saturday, July 26 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-07-26 22:05:59 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe Police are investigating a reported rape from Friday night.
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe Police are investigating a reported rape from Friday night.
  • Juvenile shot after leaving party in South Monroe

    Juvenile shot after leaving party in South Monroe

    Saturday, July 26 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-07-26 22:19:25 GMT
    MONROE, La.(KNOE 8 News) - Police are investigating a shooting from South Monroe early Saturday morning.
    MONROE, La.(KNOE 8 News) - Police are investigating a shooting from South Monroe early Saturday morning.
  • Clerk wrestles gun away from armed robbery suspect

    Clerk wrestles gun away from armed robbery suspect

    Saturday, July 26 2014 4:40 PM EDT2014-07-26 20:40:24 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery where a clerk fought a gun away from a suspect.
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery where a clerk fought a gun away from a suspect.
  • Group protests illegal immigration in Monroe

    Group protests illegal immigration in Monroe

    Saturday, July 26 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-07-26 22:29:54 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - On Saturday, a small group took to the streets of the Twin Cities, to protest illegal immigration. They call themselves, Three Percenters. They say they are dedicated to action, education and reform of government, they believe has gotten too large to effectively operate. 
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - On Saturday, a small group took to the streets of the Twin Cities, to protest illegal immigration. They call themselves, Three Percenters. They say they are dedicated to action, education and reform of government, they believe has gotten too large to effectively operate. 
  • Jamie Mayo running as the lone democrat, says he's a moderate

    Jamie Mayo running as the lone democrat, says he's a moderate

    Sunday, July 27 2014 6:40 PM EDT2014-07-27 22:40:16 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Most know him as Monroe's mayor, but Jamie Mayo is also the lone democrat in the Fifth Congressional District race. Mayo says he has the ability to unite people across party and racial lines and continuing in our candidate profiles we sat down with the mayor to discuss some issues he'll face on the campaign trail.
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Most know him as Monroe's mayor, but Jamie Mayo is also the lone democrat in the Fifth Congressional District race. Mayo says he has the ability to unite people across party and racial lines and continuing in our candidate profiles we sat down with the mayor to discuss some issues he'll face on the campaign trail.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KNOE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.