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9 Ways to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 at 10:11am Sandra Miller

The new year is approaching and many of us are planning on using the new calendar year as motivation to work on self-improvement.  New Year's resolutions are notoriously perishable, but there are ways to keep your resolutions well into the year.

Be realistic.  Sure, we would all love a supermodel bod, a full Swiss bank account, and to be Forbes wealthiest person alive, but those goals might not be attainable for you at present.  Setting overly aggressive resolutions is the best way to set yourself up for failure.  Before you choose your goals, take honest stock of your skills and situation.  Just because you are setting less ambitious, more realistic goals now, doesn't mean you aren't building toward your ultimate goal for the future.

One step at a time. Even if your resolution is realistic and attainable, it is still wise to break that goal down into measurable mini-goals.  Focus on reaching each milestone in order, and before you know it, you will have reached your ultimate objective.

Celebrate!  When you reach those mini-goals, treat yourself.  Take a moment to feel good about reaching that first mark before setting off toward the next one.

Set a schedule. We are busy people, our New Year's resolutions can easily slip down our list of priorities.  Schedule specific times on your calendar to work toward your goal and you will be much more likely to accomplish what you set out to do.

Bring a friend. If you engage a friend who has a goal that is similar to yours, you can keep each other accountable!

Write it down.  Taking the time to write down both your goals and your daily accomplishments will help to solidify the fact that you are, in fact, making progress along the way.

Make use of tech.  There is an app for just about anything these days.  A quick online search should provide you with an array of tech options to help you set goals and track your achievements.

Make things easy on yourself.  Eliminate as many of the obstacles that stand between you and your resolution as possible.  I was tired of fighting L.A. traffic to get to the gym, and now my Peloton bike is helping me stay active right at home!

Get back on the horse.  Should you happen to slip up and break your resolution, don't beat yourself up.  Instead, take a day to reassess your goals, and then get back to work as soon as you can.

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