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Helpful Tips For Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

Don't "Drop the Ball" on Your New Year's Resolutions!
Follow These Tips for Goal Setting Success

Define & Refine Your Resolution
Work toward this year’s resolution with a clear-cut goal in mind. For example, you may have resolved to drink less coffee this year, but how much less? You can refine that goal to be something like this: “get down to one cup of coffee a day this year.” Similar tactics can also be applied to most broad New Year’s resolutions to narrow them down. Setting a clear-cut goal makes it easier to gauge your progress every step of the way and gives you something concrete to work toward.

Tell Others About Your Resolution
Friends and family can serve as a great support network, offering encouragement and motivation when you need it. Tell others about your resolution, and you will likely get some useful advice and plenty of support. You may even find a friend with the same New Year’s resolution, opening the opportunity to work with them toward your shared goal.

Set Short-Term Goals For Yourself
Short-term goals serve as stepping stones to your main goal. You can make great strides toward accomplishing your resolution by setting and accomplishing goal after goal. Working toward a corner of your resolution at a time can seem less daunting than trying to tackle the goal head-on. For example, if you have resolved to quit smoking this year, try first cutting down to 1/2 pack a day. Or if your goal is to lose weight, first focus on losing those first 5 pounds. The same mentality can be applied to any number of New Year’s resolutions. Chipping away at these goals and achieving small victories can help tremendously in working toward the bigger picture.

Track Your Progress Regularly
Whether you keep a journal, map out a progress chart or simply jot notes on your calendar, tracking your progress serves as a regular reminder and keeps you focused on achieving your New Year’s resolutions. Keeping track of your goals also helps you notice patterns of successes and shortfalls from day to day, so you can see which efforts are most effective.

Have a Reliable Backup Plan
When temptations arise and your strength is running thin, it helps to have a reliable safety net to fall back on. Whether it’s calling a friend for assistance, making a pros and cons list or placing sticky notes around as reminders, you will find it easier to stay focused if you plan ahead.

Slip Up and Move On
Don’t worry about an occasional slip up on your New Year’s resolution. It may be challenging at times, and you may not always succeed each goal you set for yourself, but don’t abandon your resolution. Continue working toward your goal each day to the best of your ability, and if you slip up, don’t dwell on it.

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