How to Keep Your New Years Resolutions

So, it’s that time of the year again…when you get to start all over again with a bright, positive smile and shout out, “this year is going to be FANTASTIC!!!”

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According to Statistic Brain, 48% of Americans make New Years resolutions. Out of this chunk, however, only a mere 8% succeed at honoring them. What is this 8% doing differently, and how should you avoid falling into a cycle of commit, break, repeat? Here are a few tips to remember before making these resolutions, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, as the clock strikes midnight and as the champagne sizzles away.

1) THINK SMALL

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As with some things in life, making New Years resolutions aligns with “less is more”. If you’re dying to start a band, learn a foreign language and become a
Jedi Master, you may want to choose one of these new ventures as opposed to all of them. “Learn something exciting” ranks sixth on Statistic Brain under their Type of Resolution list. “Learning to make realistic goals” should rank first. So don’t set yourself up for failure by signing up for every course you come across or starting every venture you’ve been dreaming of. Don’t run out of febrile “I can conquer the world” energy in the first two weeks of the new year– you still have about twelve months to go!

2) BE SPECIFIC

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Surprise surprise– “lose weight” ranks as number one on the aforementioned list. “Stay fit and healthy” is number five. If your goal is to start exercising, eat healthier or get your blood pressure under control, ask yourself exactly HOW you will be achieving this. Will you be joining a fitness group? Which one? How many times a week will you be exercising and when? A general “eat healthy” might not get you where you want. Are you cutting out fast food? Limiting sweets to once a week? Hiring a dietician or a trainer? Joining Weight Watchers? You get the gist.

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