How To Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

While many individuals make New Year’s resolutions, only a small percentage of those who make a resolution stick to it.  You pledged to rid yourself of bad habits, shed the pounds, and improve your life; so why can’t you stay on track?  For those of you who need a little help in attaining their goals and staying in line with your resolutions, we’ve compiled a short and sweet list for added encouragement.

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  1. Set Realistic Goals: Rather than setting vague and un-realistic goals for yourself, set a well-defined goal with your plan of attack.  It’s been found that those who make explicit resolutions are more likely to fulfill them, than those who don’t set clear goals.  For example, if you vow to save money, choose a realistic amount and figure out how much to set aside monthly or weekly to reach that figure.
  2. Take Notes:  Tracking your progress is a key to sticking to your New Year’s resolutions.  Writing down your goals and seeing your advances will give you an extra boost of encouragement.  If you post your goals in a spot that is regularly visible, you’ll constantly be reminded of what you want to achieve and it will be easier to stay focused.
  3. Sharing Is Caring:  Along with penning your goals on paper, it may be beneficial to share them via your social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.  By displaying your resolutions publicly, you’re more inclined to hold yourself accountable.  When you’re excited about something, those around you may begin to share your enthusiasm too.
  4. Surrounded by Support:  When you enlist the support of a girl-friend or buddy, your commitment is bound to last longer.  Have your friends check in on you bi-weekly or monthly to see how things are going with your goals.  Return the favor and help your friends out by following up with them about their goals.  In the end, you both benefit and are more likely to achieve what you’ve set out to do!
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