Are New Year’s resolutions helping you achieve your goals?

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Are you making a New Year’s resolution this year? A recent study by says you probably have one!

The company surveyed 1,000 customers using a Google survey, to determine the top 2019 resolutions across the country, ranking the top two resolutions for each state!

But are New Year’s resolutions really helping you achieve your desired goals?

Bethany Gravely is a therapist at Life Strategies Counseling in Princeton.

“I think a New Year’s resolution puts a lot of pressure on somebody,” said Gravely. “The feeling they have to do it now because it’s the beginning of the year.”

So what should you do instead of a resolution? Gravely says focus on setting realistic, personal goals!

“It’s more of an healthy outlook because you can work on a personal goal all year long,” said Gravely. “It’s kind of hard to get into that New Year resolution when you’re starting it in July.”

So how do people in Mercer County feel about making New Years resolutions?

“I think it’s a good way to start the new year off,” said Mercer County resident Howard Bailey.

Tom Shorter says he’s been smoking cigarettes for over 30 years and now, he’s ready to make a few changes.

“My resolution, quit smoking,” said Shorter. “I’m going to try it. I don’t know if I’ll be successful but I’m going to try.”

Edgar Orea lives in Mercer County and his resolution for 2019 is getting closer to God. He encourages anyone with a dream to set a goal and make it happen!

“Get out and do something,” said Orea. “Whatever you can do for this country and to make Mercer County better.”

Gravely says one of the most important components of reaching your goals is surrounding yourself with a string, supportive network.

“Having someone in your corner and cheering you on,” said Gravely. “If you didn’t make it as far as you thought you would, they’re saying you can do it! When we have our highs and our lows we need someone in our corner cheering us on.”

Life Strategies Counseling is located off Courthouse Road in Princeton and in Beckley. The company is made up of trained and licensed counselors, united behind a single purpose: helping people think through areas of concern and develop strategies to improve their lives.

For more information about Life Strategies Counseling, you can visit their website at:

Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer Roberts

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