PLYMOUTH, Minn. — If you’re like the nearly 80-percent of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions, experts say you’ve either already quit or are second-guessing your goals.

Dr. Roger LaRoche is an addiction specialist and psychiatrist with Allina Health. He sheds some light on why so many of us fall into the trap of making resolutions and fail to keep them year after year. Here are four tips.

FIND THE WHY

Keep in mind there are always ups and downs. Don’t throw in the towel after a few setbacks!

RE-EVALUATE 

Re-evaluate and be honest with yourself. Are your resolutions realistic? What do you hope to achieve? Why did you get off-track?

 BREAK INTO SMALL GOALS 

Breaking resolutions into smaller more “bite-sized” goals can help you build on your success and stay motivated.

AVOID NEGATIVE SELF-TALK

And most importantly, avoid negative self-talk and try again!