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Tips for Keeping Your New Year's Resolution

Your New Year's Resolution.

Do you want to lose weight, eat healthier or become more financially responsible in 2018? If so, then you’re not alone. Research shows that these are the top three New Year’s resolutions people make. Yet unfortunately, only about eight percent of us actually keep our resolutions. That means more than 90 percent of us fail to achieve the goals we set ourselves at the beginning of the year!

To become part of the exclusive group of people who keep their resolutions, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Focus on behavior. The American Psychological Association advises that the key to keeping your resolutions is to change your behavior, not your whole life. When you set too many goals at the same time, you may be looking at your current life too critically. For example, let’s say you have a pressure-filled job and you’re rarely home before the kids are in bed. Now you want to relax more, work less and spend more time with your kids. Instead of tackling all these issues, why not focus on increasing your family time by leaving the office before 5 p.m. twice a week and building it up from there? By making incremental yet consistent behavioral changes, you’ll find it easier to learn the new habits you need to achieve your long-term goals.
  • Set small, measurable goals. To stay motivated, you can benefit from measuring your progress to see how you’re improving. Begin by planning out mini-goals that lead to your end goal. For example, if you’re looking to eat healthier, the long-term answer isn’t about cutting out every single food you enjoy. If you do that, all your meals will suddenly feel like a punishment. But if you change your diet gradually by switching out one sugar-filled snack each day for a fresh piece of fruit, then you’re more likely to feel good about your progress, stick to your plan and be ready to make more improvements over time.
  • Ask for support. To achieve your goals, you’re stronger when you have support from the people around you — especially when they require some form of behavior modification. You can join the best gym and buy the best workout gear, but if the people around you don’t make you feel good about exercising, chances are both will go unused in the long run. Ask your friends and family to be supportive of your decisions. If they want to, they can even join in. After all, it’s much more fun to exercise with a workout partner or to cook a delicious and nutritious meal for the whole family!
  • Embrace your slip-ups. Expecting perfection is probably one of the most important reasons people fall off the resolution wagon. But you need to understand that you can have a bad day, skip a workout or eat a piece of birthday cake that’s not on your diet plan — and still return to your new and improved habits afterward. We all have stressful moments, so why would you get frustrated with yourself for being human? The smartest and most practical approach to keeping your resolution is to always know that sometimes you deserve kindness and patience from yourself, not frustration.


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