How to keep your 2014 New Year's resolutions

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Come January 1, many Americans will make promises to themselves and to others that are will not be kept:  New Year's resolutions.

The self-resolve can either motivate us to do better or really let us down when we can't achieve what we set for ourselves.  We have all heard the most common ones like going to the gym more, eating healthier or being more disciplined with our finances.

So when the ball drops, no matter what city you are in, when you hear the words to "Auld Lang Syne," most likely you are thinking about what to change as a fresh start to a new year.

"Number one is always to lose weight," said Sherry Arnold.

And other folks 41 Action News spoke with said their resolutions included many other ideas. 

  • "I would like to work on my golf game and improve things at the office," said Jason Zuba.
  • "Getting closer with the Lord and being around my family and friends more," said Chelsa Bright.

Even with all the good intentions, behavioral health expert Jenny Prohaska knows most are not kept for more than a few weeks.  "They kind of throw out the baby with the bath water, so if they have one bad day of eating, they will not get back on their plan," said Prohaska .

Prohaska also co-owns and teachers classes with her sister, Ashley Prohaska, at Lucia Aerial Performing Arts in Leawood. She believes in celebrating any small victories you have when keeping your goals.

"Setting realistic goals is the first thing, making sure they are achievable, said Ashley Prohaska. "The next thing would be to set up a contingency plan so if something doesn't work out, how are you going to modify your goals? The other thing to do is to set goals in multiple areas of your life."

Lessons are open to everyone, but if learning a star drop is not your thing and hitting the treadmill is, the best advice Prohaska has is to never forget to focus on having fun.

As for the new year, a recent poll shows how people across the county will pronounce it.

While "two-thousand and fourteen" was the most popular among those polled in the Northeast and South, people from the Midwest were split and more than half surveyed from the West said they would use "twenty fourteen," according to CNN.

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