As 2015 comes to a close, we’re looking back on an incredible year here at Taylor King and Associates! We opened a new office in Jonesboro, which brings us to a total of 6 office locations in Arkansas. We had some great staff, including several new attorneys, join the firm. And, as always, the highlight of our year is working with our incredible clients – and reading Bradi Bear’s blog. Thanks to everyone who has helped make this year so great!

We also look forward to all the exciting things that 2016 will bring – like new Taylor King offices opening near you! As the Christmas cookies dwindle and the gym treadmills start filling up, it’s clearly time for one of our favorite things about January: New Year’s resolutions. Here at the Taylor King offices, we’ve all got some goals for the next year. Check out a few of them:

  • Taylor: Continue to use the MyFitnessPal app.

  • Ellen: Knit a scarf for a friend! I meant to knit her one for Christmas, but didn’t get around to it.

  • Austin: I plan to read a book each month.

  • Brad: I'd love to go on more dates with my wife and my kids. Eat at more restaurants with my wife. Go on some more hiking trails with my son. Eat more desserts with my daughters - they both have a sweet tooth. And build a treehouse! That’s on my to-do list this year. I want to build a treehouse.

  • Bradi Bear: I want to keep my standards for bathing as high as my standards for safe driving! And also…eat more pupcakes.

To be honest, we’ve all tried making New Year’s resolutions at least once, and we’ve all failed…at least once. We’re probably not the only ones. 88% of New Year’s resolutions fail, according to a 2007 study by British psychologist Richard Wiseman. The question is, how do you become one of the 12% who succeed?

As it turns out, the answer is a small one: Turn your big, bold resolution into a small, specific habit. Resolutions often fail because they are broad and a little unrealistic. We resolve to lose weight, spend more time with our families, read more books, or stop drinking sodas. The problem is that deciding what to do something doesn’t help with the how, when, and where of it. Science shows that nearly everything we do is determined by our habits. If you want to change your life, change your habits.

Resolution: I want to read more.
Habit: I will read for 15 minutes every night before bed.

Resolution: I want to connect more with my family.
Habit: I will leave my cell phone in my jacket pocket during family dinners.

Resolution: I want to be more active.
Habit: I will go for a 15-minute walk every evening after work.

Check out The Science of New Year’s Resolutions for more interesting, scientific, and helpful tips.

Happy New Year!