Making New Year’s Resolutions and Sticking to Them

January 15, 2016

Frederick "Rick" Dorroh, MD

By Mercy's Courtney Landsberger

ARDMORE – Nearly half of the population makes a New Year’s Resolution each year, but only one-in-four go on to keep them – that’s according to the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

“Resolutions are often based on what people feel they need to do, not necessarily what they want to do,” said Dr. Rick Dorroh, a general surgeon with Mercy Hospital Ardmore. “Achievement of their goals requires a deep conviction or determination.”

Among the top resolutions nationally are weight loss, exercise and smoking cessation, but Dr. Dorroh says people are more likely to succeed if they select a specific goal. “Choosing a precise goal is much better than choosing a vague general goal. For instance, setting a goal to lose 10 pounds by June 1st is much better than saying you want to lose weight.”

Another tip: don’t underestimate the power of teamwork. “Have someone who will hold you accountable. Finding a mentor can be a great strategy in reaching your goals.”

And if in doubt, write it down. “Putting your goals in writing signifies a higher level of commitment. It will also help make the goal more real and concrete,” said Dr. Dorroh. “Writing down your goals and placing it in an area where you’ll see it often will also help it stay fresh in your mind.”

Dr. Rick Dorroh is located at Mercy Clinic Surgery at 731 12th Avenue NW in Suite 100. For more information, call 580-223-3216.