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Psychiatrist's suggestions for keeping New Year's resolutions

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By Robin Schwartz
Fox 2 News


DETROIT (WJBK) -- Whether you're just plodding along or gliding into the New Year, metro Detroiters of all ages are making big plans for 2013.  Some are making New Year's resolutions.

"To stop procrastinating a little bit too much," one person said.

"My New Year's resolution is to stop smoking cigarettes," said another.

According to the people who keep track of these things, the top five resolutions are lose weight, get organized, spend less and save more money, enjoy life and get fit.

However, experts say the vast majority of resolutions don't stand a chance.

It turns out bad habits are hard to break.  Farmington Hills psychologist Dr. Toni Kaplan said it takes motivation, but "it's never just will power that helps people succeed.  You really have to have a plan."

She said you also have to be disgusted with a bad habit to make a change.  She tells people to set new goals and set up a support system.

"So having a plan, persisting, persevering are really, really important."

Or you could just skate by without making a resolution and keep doing your best year after year.

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