2012 story: Tips to achieve your New Year's resolutions

ABC-7 gets tips from a local life coach to make your resolutions last.

Ashlie Rodriguez, Reporter
POSTED: 10:28 PM MST Dec 26, 2012    UPDATED: 06:57 PM MDT Mar 25, 2014 
EL PASO, Texas -

A local life coach says if you're going to make resolutions and expect to keep them, you have to achieve them in your mind first. 

And that's just what Leticia Peña is doing. She has one resolution for the New Year.

"I love the vintage shopping, but I also have a lot of designs that I'm going to be pushing," Pena said. "So I want to do a lot of modern vintage, adding my photography onto vintage dresses, add my jewelry line."

She opened a vintage clothing and art boutique this year, selling her own designs and showcasing the ideas of others. But Leticia has much bigger goals for the Red Door in 2013.

"My goal is for my shop to be more successful," Pena said. "We keep growing and growing."

Sadly though the statistics aren't in Leticia's favor, most New Year's resolutions don't make it past the first week.

According to study published this month in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, the top five new years resolutions people have are to lose weight, get organized, save money, have fun and stay healthy.


But according to the study, only 46 percent of resolutions are maintained for longer than six months and 75 percent are only kept through the first week.

"They have to begin with you, you have to have a desire for it, a desire to want to change," said life coach Gbenga Asedeko.  He says the best way to achieve goals is to keep it simple and attainable.

"Anything that you want, in any area of your life, get a pen and a paper, just write it down. And then when you do that just look for people that celebrates you, people that believe in you and then work with them and be accountable to them and just begin to go from there,"  Asedeko said.

And Leticia Peña is taking this advice to heart. Before this year, she didn't even have a store, but by next year, Leticia says she's determined to achieve even more success at the Red Door.